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Are you hiding?

Denali is the tallest mountain in North America. It’s home is above the Yukon between Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska. Every year tourists from around the globe flock to see her. Her peak is only visible 30% of the time so some leave with only a postcard instead of a memory. On my last trip to Alaska, my husband Ron and I took the famous train from Fairbanks to Anchorage. From the windowed dome car you pass the largest beaver damns in the world, you see bald eagles and views from another world.

I had traveled to this area 4 times before and each time Denali”s peak was tucked away beneath the clouds. As we headed west, the day was clear but the peak of the great mountain was again enshrined in a cloud cover. As we meandered slowly through the mountains we passed, rivers, and great chasms carved in the mountain side. I was content to enjoy a beautiful trip without the finale of the seeing the spectacular peak of Denali.

We traveled around a bin and I was caught off guard as I peered into the mountainous horizon. The clouds had slipped away and there she was in her full glory. It took my breath away. We all grabbed our cameras and marveled at her majesty.

Denali is like so many of us who dare not reveal our true selves to the world. We choose to live covered up, not wanting to risk being truly seen.

We humbly stay hidden and may even die without letting our best self come out of the clouds. Each person is born with God given gifts to offer to others and bring beauty to the world. Are you living in the clouds or do you know that there is a calling for more?

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