You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock. IS 26:3-4 ESV Last month I was in Denver Colorado for a seminary class. I took a couple extra days to hike to the high point of Colorado, Mt Elbert, the second highest point in the lower 48. On my 10 or so hour hike, I found ample time for solitude with the Lord and was reminded once again of the power of wilderness to clear my mind and help me focus on God. Frequently when we ask participants what they feel like they have gained from an experience, they speak of a sense of peace and well being. So often in our hurried and busy lives our minds become muddled and distracted by the cares of this world. There is incredible value in the wilderness experience in helping us to clear our minds and focus on the Lord. In the book of Isaiah, the Lord promises to keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is stayed upon Him. It is my belief that we often do not experience this sense of peace because we do not intentionally and regularly take time away from our busy schedules to focus our minds on the Lord. One of the greatest benefits I have experienced in outdoor ministry is the frequent opportunities I find myself with to be alone with the Lord in nature. Just simply being with God surrounded by His creation helps me to refocus my mind on Him. With this refocusing comes a sense of clarity and peace. It is my prayer that you may find some time this week to get into nature and intentionally stay your mind upon Him.