Posted by: pastordarren | October 16, 2014

Heaven at 6500 Feet

Heaven at 6500

Heaven at 6500 Feet Redfish Lake, Stanley Idaho

Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to gather with our extended family at a place in central Idaho called Redfish Lake. This is a glacier carved and snow fed lake in the middle of the Sawtooth Mountains that is a beautiful place not just to gather and relax but to renew your spirit as you recognize the presence of God in your midst. I also had the privilege of baptizing one of my cousins as she continued her faith journey. It really is Heaven at 6,500 feet.

Many mornings, I would wake up and while making and drinking my coffee, would watch the sun rise on the mountains, being quiet and still, recognizing and reconnecting with God’s Spirit. The passage from Psalms 46: 10 was constantly before me, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

We all need those times of getting away and being renewed, even Jesus did this from time to time. Away from cell phone, Facebook, Instagram, email, etc. to really take the time to ‘detox’ and listen to God speaking to us. It is hard to put all that down, to quiet our own minds and hearts and really experience God. It is easier when we are away, but it is necessary on a regular basis. There is so much that clamors for our attention, so many distractions to deepening our relationship with God, we have to be disciplined in what we do and how we live.

Taking the time each day when you are most able to put aside the business of life and all it demands, takes some work and effort but it is necessary. Through quiet prayer, listening to God speak through scripture and other disciplines of ‘being still’ in body, mind and spirit, we can regularly experience the presence of God even in the midst of the chaos of the world. Read the whole of Psalm 46 to see how the psalmist describes this.

I hope that you would have a place where you can get away, that is special and you can escape to and really hear God’s Spirit. I also hope that you take those opportunities on a regular basis and develop the discipline to stop in the middle of life’s business and listen to what God is speaking on a daily basis.



  1. I am enjoying your blogs. I am keeping them in a folder to re-read. Miss you here in Hampton.

    • Thank you Jeraldine. Hope you are doing well and miss you too.

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