Climbing the Mountains

Joanna Fullner

READ : Psalm 121

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation . . . (Isaiah 52:7, NIV)

One day we visited one of China’s beautiful mountains. We climbed up a series of round stone steps for about a mile, sweating in the hot and humid atmosphere. Cautiously, we crossed a rapidly flowing stream barefoot, picking our way through the rushing current by stepping on slippery, moss-covered rocks. We marveled at the needle-shaped mountains covered in deep green foliage. Gushing out of the rocks hundreds of feet overhead was a magnificent waterfall. The refreshing spray and cool breeze felt wonderful after our long climb.

We reflected for a time on the beauty of God’s creation around us and concluded it was well worth the long climb. Sitting down alongside the trail, we ate the lunches prepared for us—four rolls, two hard-boiled eggs, some very salty vegetables, meat “tubes,” water, and a coke. We headed back down the mountain to the hot and dusty plains below and began our four-hour drive back to the school. Our prayer was suggested by Isaiah—that our feet, having been on the mountain, would be beautiful as we carried good news to those who had not yet heard.


Thank you for the beauty of nature. Help us to bring good news to all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.