Mac and I went on an adventure after speaking at the East and West Coast Summits for Celebrate Recovery. We rented a houseboat on Lake Powell in Page, Arizona.

The day before getting on the lake we went to see Horseshoe Bend. It’s on the Colorado River right after Glen Canyon Dam. We wondered if we would be able to find it. As we came around the bend in the road, we saw a full parking lot with thousands of people walking up a hill. No problem finding it! So we joined the crowd on the hike of which we were the only people speaking English.

At the beginning of the path a sign read:

WARNING! Extreme Heat

Minimum 1 bottle water per person

No sandals

Wear hat

There were several people breaking all 3 rules. It was a scorching 111 degrees. The hike was worth seeing Horseshoe Bend. But the massive crowd and heat wasn’t our favorite way to see it.

The next morning we made the trek again before sunrise. This time there were only 10 cars in the parking lot. A cool breeze was blowing in the dark as we hiked up the hill. Ahhh….perfect.

This time we sat on a rock and witnessed the glorious sunrise. It took our breath away. After sunrise, we started exploring this wonder that God created.

I saw a formation of rocks that was 50 feet taller than anything else around. I decided that was the best vantage point for a fantastic picture. I walked around the base of this extremely steep climb looking for just the right place to start my ascent. I found a crevice and thought this is it! So I started climbing but couldn’t seem to find the right footholds.

I decided to come back down. A guy appeared from around the corner. He said, “Don’t quit. I just climbed that. You can do it. Look to your left. Plant your foot in that spot.” Sure enough there was just the right place to start climbing. Once I put my foot there, the next step was obvious. On I went, one step at a time without stopping or hesitating. I was smiling all the way up.

I reflected on my recovery journey and how sometimes the next step doesn’t seem obvious. At times it may seem easier to go back. That’s when one of my accountability partners or sponsor encourages me and challenges me to take the next step. They may have had victory in something I’m now struggling with. When I hear, “I’ve made it through that. You can do it too.”

I’m ready to take the next step.

I’m ready to go on to the heights of victory.

The results can be an amazing view.