Heading to the Hills . . .

I sure do hate taking the stairs.  Elevators are so much . . . easier.  But, elevators don’t build muscle.  Stairs help there.

Like mountain climbing. Ah!  The blessing in the hills ‘ere we venture there:

“The land is a land of hills and valleys.  It is not all smooth nor all downhill.  If life were all one dead level the dull sameness would oppress us: we want the hills and the valleys.  The hills collect the rain for a hundred fruitful valleys.  Ah, so it is with us!  It is the hill of difficulty that drives us to the throne of grace and brings down the shower of blessing.  The hills, the bleak hills of life that we wonder at and perhaps grumble at, bring down the showers.”

N.L. Zinzendorf
Streams in the Desert
by L. B. Cowman

I read this in my devotions this morning.  And, I thought of how I probably need to get out Hannah Hurnard’s Hinds Feet in High Places off the shelf and give that another read-through.

Stairs, hills, mountain climbing.  Not my favorite thing, really.  But, it is there that I shall bask in the refreshing rains.  The valley gets the run-off. 

I was thinking of this during service this morning as Pastor Frank continued with our Bible study in Revelations 5, as John, after gawking at the splendor of the Throne of Heaven, is struck into a severe panic of melancholy and despair.  It would appear that God held in His hand a seven sealed scroll with writing on it and there did not seem to be anyone worthy enough to open this scroll.

No one worthy.  No heroes to be had.  None to save the day when all is so very lost.

But, wait!  From among the throng gathered about the Throne, John was jolted into Joy:

“Then, I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and read it.  But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, (Here’s the part I like!) ‘STOP WEEPING!  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory.  
HE IS WORTHY to open the scroll and its seven seals.’ “
Revelation 5:4-5 NLT

Poor John.  He was so distracted with all the hub-bub around him that he totally missed Jesus standing right there in the middle of it all – the Hero is in the scene the whole time!

Forgive me if I’m rambling here.  But, for me, I have been fighting fear, failure, and foreboding lately.  I really don’t like climbing stairs, let alone hills and/or mountains.  But, God wants to get me sopping wet in His rains – and the freshest of the batch comes after the climb in hill country . . .

. . . and I’m not alone in the ascent.  My Hero is Master of the slopes – He leads the way – hooked securely to Him, I shall not fall.

And, I expect there will be flexing of new muscle on the other side of the mountain. 

Sharing my hill climbing today with Graceful:  Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Hello Kathryn,
    Inspiring post. I have that book too! Would be great to dig it out and to read. I haven’t read that in a very long while. Thanks for visiting and inspiring my garden angel’s name!
    so glad you could get Celia’s writings for free!

  2. This was like the most beautiful mountain-top experience. You have expressed so honestly the struggle of climbing – the daunting appearance of the ascent. Oh, how I have also been wrestling lately with fear, failure, and foreboding. (Is that the “Three Fiery Arrows of the Enemy” by any chance???) But yes!! We do not climb alone!

    Praise God – Jesus, the sure Anchor, the steady Foothold, the ROCK Himself – is there every single step of the way.

    Thank you for this timely message today. I am blessed.


  3. You put it oh so well, when you said,
    “The valley gets the run-off”.

    My goal this coming school year, is not to be fearful.
    Thank you for bring up fear. This is a good reminder.

  4. So thought provoking… and inspiring! Makes me want to have a hill to climb, just so I can use this great insight. Oh wait a minute, I do have plenty of them still. Ah well!

    Seriously though, I do like this great attitude! I need to pick it up and carry it with me tis week. Thanks!

  5. I liked that, I think I shall think of these thoughts through out the week ;-D
    Blessings, Linnie

  6. This reminds me of the ‘footprints in the sand’…I don’t like hills either! But after the exertion we realize we had help along the way, as always…and look back and see one set of prints~ Isaiah 41:10
    And JOY to you~too!

  7. Really good post, Kathy!

    It is amazing how many times we turn to despair when all along the hero of the story is right there with us!


  8. I’m a huge fan of Streams in the Desert as well as Hind’s Feet on High Places. We’re kindred spirits there!

    May God’s grace and mercy surround you as you do your steep mountain climbing. Bless you as you follow Him. Surely He has a good future for you.

    Be of good cheer,

  9. Inspiring my friend. Bug Hugs!

  10. inspirational..but I always find that here. love the rainbow pix!

  11. I came to the end of the tea post above and realized that I had missed this post completely. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. Literally, my heart was beating in my chest as I read it. It was written for me.

    Yes, I realize that it was written for you, but just as assuredly as if God had told you to send me a letter, this was written for me.

    I’m so grateful for your gift this morning.

  12. I’m not sure if my other comment was sent correctly. I didn’t get the little “notice”.

    I just want you to know how much I loved this. It was as if it was written to ME.

  13. Thank you for sharing your heart with this beautiful post. I so enjoy Steams in the Desert, it has ministered to me over and over again. If you saw my reply comment on my blog you will know that I am climbing my own mountains. I have a previous post, A Bend in the Road, that tells about a recent disappointment with my writing. It is so nice to know you and find this encouragement from you, even as you share your own disappointments. Isn’t that amazing. May the Lord blessing today and as you travel with him hemming you in.

  14. Wonderful passage of scripture! Jesus is worthy to open the scrolls, and to be the anchor in our lives.

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