We stood in awe and wonder as each of the forty-plus bison ran over the ridgeline just a stone’s throw away and headed for the grassy bowl we had just come through. We were seated ringside, center aisle, to a magnificent display of power, grace, and natural wonder. A rare treat that few on this planet are privileged to witness. I could do nothing but smile and give thanks and gratitude for being able to witness such a spectacular phenomenon.
We had come to hike the Maah Daah Hey for a variety of reasons. Some had come to test their mettle, to find out what they’re made of. Some had come to explore, some had come to step away from their routines, to break away from their cell phones and experience nature on her own terms. Some of us had come to walk and talk with our Creator, to immerse ourselves in the solitude and quiet of nature. Some just came for the pure fun and adventure of it all. But none of us had expected or hoped to run and dance alongside the buffalo!
I often find that when I say “yes” to one of God’s invitations to step out of my comfort zone, to get outside of my normal routines, or step outside my box of habitual ways, He gifts me with additional blessings and bonus surprises! When He finally gets us to say “yes,” he pours out his blessings and treasures in great abundance! And often in ways or forms that we had never anticipated or expected.
On this particular hiking trip, we received the many blessings of the trip itself; healthy physical exercise, fresh clean air, mind-boggling scenery, tremendous comradery, deepened friendships, solitude, stillness, and serenity for quiet time and reflection, a sense of accomplishment and “I did it!” Many of us experienced a deepening of our relationship with Jesus. But I believe God threw in many bonuses, icing on the cake so to speak.
God is the greatest giver of gifts. He is generous beyond anything we can humanly comprehend. When we say “yes” to His invitation, I believe he smiles, and then he pours out blessing after blessing.
May you say “Yes!” to a Godly invitation to grow!