Hiking in Tanzawa

I’d been in a bit of a spiritual funk recently, so yesterday, I decided to go for a hike to spend time in God’s beautiful creation, listening to whatever He had to say.

I came upon this dried-up mountain stream. Leastways, it looked dried-up—none of the stones on the stream bed were wet. But I could still hear the unmistakeable murmur of running water coming up from somewhere under the surface. And I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me: “I am flowing in and through you. Even when you can’t see it.”

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From Sannoto, looking out over Tanzawa’s main ridge. The course was 19 kilometers (about 12 miles) long, with a cumulative elevation gain of 1,382 meters (4,534 feet) and a cumulative elevation loss of 1,857 meters (6,093 feet). The climbing is easy if you’ve got the heart, but the descent will destroy your knees.

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