I Almost Died on a Volcano

I’m going to be honest with you.

I didn’t almost die on a volcano. In fact, I didn’t even get hurt. (I’m just using my creativity to gather readers…don’t judge me). I did hike a Volcano though, and thought that every muscle in my body would explode…I thought I was going to die.

So it’s not a total lie.

This summer a handful of my colleagues and I traveled to Seattle. When you’re in the Seattle area it’s nearly impossible to miss Mount Rainier, a beautiful snow capped mountain that tops off at just over 14,000 feet above sea level.

Here’s the kicker, it’s a live volcano!

One day our group decided to travel into the mystic mountains of Washington and hike Mount Rainier (again, it’s a live volcano).

I was not particularly excited about the idea of climbing a mountain that could spew hot lava at any moment. The thought was slightly unsettling. While the group pressured me, someone explained to us that if Mt. Rainier were to become active, it would be a rather horrifying way to die, but at least we would be with friends and people we loved.

Was that supposed to encourage me? Besides, I’m not so sure I loved anyone in the group as much as they assumed or suggested.

They finally coerced me into going.

We arrived at the mountain and we hiked and hiked.

We eventually arrived at our destination. I am still unable to express what I saw.

The mountain was majestic. The air was crisp, the breeze was cool, the sun was bright, the snow glistened from the top as a waterfall ran down the side. Mount Rainier stood there strong, confident, and unmoved by its surroundings.

I was moved within.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

So massive.

Money, twitter followers, clothes, accomplishments  – all seemed to fade under the weight of the moment.

I felt incredibly small.

I felt like nothing.

My existence never seemed to be so insignificant.

I was reminded of a verse that says, “The mountains melt like wax before the Lord…” (Psalms 97:5)

At that moment I was overwhelmed by the thought of the sheer magnitude of God.

As I pondered about God, I couldn’t help but think that God thinks about me.

What is mankind that you are mindful of them?

Psalms 8:4

After seeing the immensity of the mountain and then realizing that I have God’s attention…I was overwhelmed.

The very thought that he knows everything about me blows me away (Psalms 139).

In risk of sounding cliché, I knew that not only did He love me, but he actually liked me.

It’s a strange feeling to balance the thought of being nothing and everything at the same time, but I know it’s possible.

At that moment, on a live volcano, I knew God met me there to remind me that I’m nothing and everything at the exact same time.

Can you relate?

You’re nothing in that what you contribute is embarrassingly little in comparison to God’s everlasting strength.

You’re everything because He focused in on you and died for you making you the most valuable object in all of the universe and throughout the ages.

So today, remember that you are nothing in comparison to God yet you are everything to God.


Mount Rainier

Just BEFORE my muscles hurt.

I’m really good at sitting when I’m supposed to be hiking.

For the record…I love these guys. It was worth it!

(My friend, Adam Drinkard was the inspiration behind this)

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