by Ami Hendrickson
God is my strong fortress. He makes my way perfect. He makes his feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.
2 Samuel 22:33-34
The woman clung to the wall, three feet above the mat, her hands gripping small plastic outcroppings – one blue; one green. Her toes perched on tiny nubs.
“I know I’m not that high up,” she said. “But it feels much higher.”
“It’s ok! Just let go,” her friends on the ground coached her.
Taking a deep breath, the climber pushed herself backward. When her feet hit the mat below, she fell back, laughing.
Within moments, she jumped to her feet and began scrambling back up the wall, climbing even higher this time.
The sport of bouldering involves climbing with no harnesses. No ropes. Nothing: just you and the rock or the wall. Though the climb is rarely high, the routes are often quite complex. Newcomers to the sport overcome a multitude of fears, including fear of heights and fear of falling. Benefits include increased strength, coordination, and self-confidence.
Recent research also suggests that bouldering may significantly improve depression. Physical activity, socializing with fellow climbers, and the satisfaction of achievement all combine to make a positive impact on climbers’ mental health.
God encourages you to face your fears. He wants you to ascend to great heights in every aspect of your life. He is with you every step of the way. He is your “strong tower.” He will never lead you astray.
Thank You for giving me challenges that strengthen me.
Please continue to make my way perfect and never let me fall.
In Christ’s Holy Name, Amen.