Don't be fooled by the title. I do not discuss religion in public, nor will I preach that my church is the "right" church. However, I will invite you to come with me for a little walk into your imagination. Don't be scared. Just let yourself feel the feelings you wish as we hike into this vast wildnerness I like to call God's Country.
As we leave the dirt road and head up the trail, beaten down by moose hooves and the last storm that passed through the area, it only takes about thirty steps and we can no longer see the road. Another thirty, and we are stumbling over rocks and tree roots that have found their way onto the trail. Already at an elevation of around ten thousand feet, we have another two thousand ahead of us. Not to worry, for every step you take lessens that dreadful number. Our breathing is labored but the smells that fill each breath we take, make the whole walk worth it.
We pass the rushing waterfalls that empty out of the ice cold lake ahead of us. It is August and yet there are still massive quantities of ice filling the ravines and cracks in the ledges around us. It's cool, yet it's warm. The occasional rays of sunshine finding their way through the trees feel so good, and the sounds of the birds keep us company. You stop abruptly only one quarter of the way to the summit. You claim to have heard voices and I inform you they are merely voices out of the past. You shiver, but you aren't cold.
The trail opens out into an area above the tree line and we have made it half way. The vast wilderness above and around you feels like a blanket that won't let you go. I look at you and you are crying, but you are in no way sad. I ask if you're okay and you say you can't explain it. As the sounds of the wilderness echo within the mountains that surround us, you know why I have brought you here.
Here in the mountains there is no hypocracy. There is no brother against brother. You will not hear gossip or ridicule. There is no rich person talking down to those with nothing. There is no jealousy. There is no corruption, stealing, crime, or hate. There is nobody here to tell you that your beliefs are wrong. All that you feel is total peace. You feel the fresh air and the mountains filling you with an overwhelming sense of harmony.
Thank you for coming with me on this walk. Thank you for experiencing that which I always find so refreshing. Soon, I'll invite you again, or perhaps, maybe you'll just close your eyes and imagine you are there again. And never worry about getting lost. For when you're there, you'll know exactly where you are.