While hiking in the Nepal’s Himalayas, Ethan Todras-Whitehill discovered one of the hazards of hiking in scenic places. If you focus too much attention on the footpath, you miss the scenery. If you focus too much on the scenery you trip over the rocks and roots on the trail. While hiking with an Icy peak dominating the horizon, Todras-Whitehill said, “even though the terrain beneath my feet was still easy, I kept tripping because I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the 24,786-foot Annapurna III.”
--The Week, May 7, 2010 p.32. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
This is a hazard of life as well. If we focus too much on the mundane, we miss the glorious. But if we spend too much time in the glorious we miss the common tasks that are essential.
Matthew 17:4 (NASB77) “And Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’”