The writing prompt from one of the writing challenges asked if I could be anywhere where would I go. My answer came to me almost instantly! If I could be anywhere right now, I would be in the mountains. Why you may ask? My heart seems to live there. I know that may not make much sense to right now, keep reading, and I will try to explain.
Reasons my heart lives in the mountains:
- My Grandpa: If you have read my blog before, you have probably read about him. You see my grandpa lived in the mountains. Now that he’s been deceased for quite awhile I seem to feel closer to him there. Not because he is buried there. I feel closer to him there because of the many amazing memories that we made there. We both had a deep love for the mountains.
- Bluefield College: It’s my alma mater, but it was so much more than that. It was one of the first places where I really had to take ownership of my relationship with Jesus. Why was that? My parents weren’t there to make sure I went to church on Sunday or continued to grow in my faith. It was all up to me!! I know what you might be thinking, uh oh, here comes the slacker moment. While there were times when I did slack and sleep in Sunday, I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t. The amazing part though was how free I felt. Free to explore what my relationship with Christ looks like. I went to several different churches with different traditions. What I found was God is God and Jesus is Jesus regardless. It freed me to worship God and grow in ways I had never experienced before.
- All around: I can’t be in the mountains and not feel God’s presence. From the sound of the bells of the chapel steeple chiming the hour, to the view from the scenic overlook near campus. I remember loving just going outside and sitting at one of the tables in the quad to study or write. I love that God is always there no matter where I happen to be. I love it when He displays Himself so clearly in nature.
- Bonus, it is nestled in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, between Virginia and West Virginia, which just happened to be in between both sets of my grandparents. Yet another reason I love the mountains so much!!
These are just a few reasons why I love the mountains. I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.