UP ON HARNEY

UP ON HARNEY

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Climbing Harney Peak, now renamed Black Elk Peak, is an exhilarating "must hike" for adventurous spirits. Standing 7,244 feet above sea level, she is the highest summit in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, and she presents a spectacular view of the land.
A hike up the summit is composed of 3.5 miles and the average individual makes the round trip in about five hours.
On a clear day four states can be observed:
South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
On a clear day one won't find a more glorious view in South Dakota than on Harney Peak if one has the energy for the undertaking.
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Saturday morning I rose from a heavy sleep, looked at the temps and weather projected on Harney (extremely susceptible to change), and desired a "climb."
The reports were favorable and my pulse quickened.
My husband kindly complied with my energetic desires and within forty-five minutes we were packed, stacked, and on the road.
Mmmm ....
Spontaneity, impulsivity, and adventure are intoxicating elements when combined and the day was absolutely the best on the exhilaration scale.
The feet and legs of a gazelle fairly lifted me on the heights and my arrival to the Peak was one of immense gratification.
An extraordinary, breathtaking, glorious view was laid out before me:
-The four states were observable.
-The rich hues of blue mingled with magenta and other earthtone shades painted a broad and magnificent landscape.
-The sky stretched on forever with a few lazy plumes of cumulus clouds drifting idly by.
And I came undone by God's beauty ...
 I was anything but alone on the Peak.
A witness of God's invisible presence made visibly present in this creative and empowering display.
God's words to Job pierced my spirit:
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazaroth in his season? Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?"
Job 38:31-33
No wonder Abraham, when questioning God's promise of a son in his old retirable age, was told to step outside and look up into the heavens for confirmation of the promise:
"And he brought him forth abroad and said, 'Look now toward heaven and tell the stars if thou be able to number them; and He said unto him, 'So shall thy seed be.' And he believed in the Lord; and He counted it to him for righteousness."
Genesis 16:5-6
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I heard these words on the mountain and I believed God.
He spoke to me and His word came very much alive to me throughout the entirety of the hike.
This is the the glory to be obtained on a "Harney."
The journey of a 40 day prayer pilgrimage had completed itself "here" and a new prayer pilgrimage had now begun in a most extraordinary way on May 26, 2018 on top of Harney Peak.
"The Lord God is my strength and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places." 
Habakkuk 3:19
Tucking a written prayer into a crevice of hidden rock I committed my requests and desires to God, and I left them there, with my soul ablaze within me and my "gazellish" feet leading me back down.
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If you wonder if God is able to keep His promises;
Climb the heights and look around.
Set your feet to meet God on the high places and commune with Him alone until you know with utter certainty that His promises shall prevail and He shall be faithful.
Godspeed on your mountain.
To God be all glory.
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"Ah Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee."
Jeremiah 32:17