Come to the Quiet

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul.”        John Muir

Another way to say it would be in the language of Psalm 23, “He leads me beside quiet waters and green pastures. He restores my soul.”

On a recent solo trip into the Collegiate Peaks wilderness I experienced days of quiet and beauty. Mts. Harvard and Columbia were great, but the best was found in the peace and quiet that saturated my soul. I spent hours just resting, enjoying the views and appreciating the riot of fall colors, the bubbling mountain stream and the high mountain meadow.

Quiet can be found anywhere if we are willing to look for it. In the pre-dawn or late night peace or through an intentional walk around the block we can find room to take a breath, collect ourselves and listen for the still, quiet voice of the Great Shepherd. We are never alone as “the Lord our Peace,” said He will never leave us.

2 thoughts on “Come to the Quiet

  1. I got the book when you spoke at Monument Pres. Church in Nov.
    I enjoyed it immensely.
    I’ve lived in the Colo. mountains most of my life (84 yr. old now).
    In your book you mention Lou and Jim Whitaker. I was in the Army 1952-’54. After basic training in Missouri, and a couple months as a typist in personnel records, I transferred to Camp Hale (Colo.) in Feb ’53. Lou & Jim also arrived there the same time. We became instructors in Mt. & Cold Weather Command. teaching Special Forces men winter survival; use of skis and snowshoes, and how to build snow caves and bough shelters. In summer we taught rock climbing near Ft. Carson (Colo.). In July, 1953, we did glacier training around the base of Wyoming’s highest peak, Gannet Pk. for 2 weeks. Not much of a glacier there, but I got a little experience there. Of course Jim and Lou had plenty prior to that–they’d been guides on Mt. Ranier before going into the Army.

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