What Trekking Mountains in Nepal Taught Me about Life

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“I’m so tired. This mountain is so big,” I said to myself while trekking through the mountains in Nepal. Silently, I had the scary thought, “I don’t think I can go on…”

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

Have you ever thought or voiced these words? Many of us have at some time or other. So here’s one of my stories that I hope will inspire you, and help you know how to overcome obstacles in your life!  

I’m not an athlete. Never been one, but I found myself in a situation during one of our expeditions in Nepal where I literally had to scale a mountain I wasn’t prepared to climb, and well this is what happened.

My husband and I were with a group of Nepali people headed to a remote village in a distant province to preach the Gospel. We were going to share with hundreds of young Nepali youths how they can be Effective Witnesses for Christ. This was a planned conference if you will, in the foothills of the Himalayas. My husband and I LOVE adventures like this. Going into the unknown is always exciting for us, but we had no clue what we were in for, nor were we prepared…

It was an all days 10hr drive just to get to this distant town where we spent the night. The next morning we hired a Range Rover to take us and our Nepali friends (who multiplied overnight from being around 4 people to 15) the rest of the way, deep into the mountains. We had one vehicle and 19 people. I didn’t know how they were going to pull this off, but magically they fit all of us, including the driver, kids, produce crates, everybody’s things, and bags of Bible materials – ALL in this Range Rover. IT WAS A MIRACLE. Dustan and I were given seats in the trunk space along with two other young men, and we began the bumpy EXPEDITION style trip up the mountain.

Dustan and Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal
Dustan & Darlene with their loaded down Range Rover in remote Nepal.

The road quickly turned to a dirt road from here, and it was off-road conditions for the next 6 hours. We were coming in just after the rainy season so the dirt road was in rough shape, to say the least.Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in NepalWe got stuck multiple times in mud, and the men had to push the car out. We came across a narrow mountain pass so hazardous, that we had to get out of the vehicle and walk while the driver and his assistant used rocks and things on the ground to patch the road so the car could make it. It was nuts.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal
The view of the narrow pass in Nepal from the inside of the car. Too narrow for comfort!

The scenery was breathtaking, but the ride grueling.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal - Mountain villages Nepal After crossing through dry creek beds, and muddy sticky roads, the road ran out. That’s when our friends piled out of the vehicle telling us, “Ok from here we walk.” Dustan and I are clueless. “Ok, this should be fun,” is what we’re thinking having no idea the gravity of the walk that lied ahead of us.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

The walk quickly became a narrow foot trail, hazardously cut from the side of the mountain itself.

Dustan Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

We descended down along a narrow windy path which led to a river bed where we crossed a hanging bridge between two mountains. While crossing we saw these massive baboon size monkeys running up the next mountain ahead of us. “I sure hope we won’t run into them later down the road,” I thought, and thankfully we didn’t!

We were out in it and if by chance we decided to turn back now…that would take longer than pressing on ahead. So we had no choice than to keep moving forward.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal
Darlene on hanging bridge during trek in Nepal.

Thoughts like “how much longer is this going to take?” kept coming to mind as we climbed up the next mountainside. One slip and it was all over. There were no mistakes here. You had to have sure-footing.

A straight drop off the side of the mountain behind me was a constant reminder to be cautious as well as a reminder of the progress we were making.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

Before long we stopped asking ourselves how much further and we motivated ourselves to reach a certain point we’d see, and mark as our goal. Once we reached that goal we’d stop, sip some water, catch our breath for a minute and continue to the next marked goal.

Towards the end when my legs & lungs were screaming for me to quit I kept myself moving forward with simply telling myself, just one more step.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

And eventually, when that wasn’t enough and I just didn’t have the energy to take one more step, my wonderful husband who bless his heart, can’t sing to save his life, began to sing out scripture and sing praises to God. I didn’t even have enough oxygen in my lungs to sing let alone speak! As it was we were well above sea-level at around 8,000 ft or more. It irritated me at first, but as he sang those scriptures and praises out, they began to strengthen me on the inside, till I found an ounce of strength I didn’t know I had. Until it was those words alone that I clung to keep myself going.
Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

To this day, I know the only way I was able to finish that climb was by grabbing ahold of the Word of God, literally. I had no physical strength. I was not prepared, but the Word itself began to strengthen me from the inside out. Before long I was quoting the Word to myself, and I found true strength like I’d never experienced before.

It was tough as everything, and my physical body was hardly adequate, but amazingly the Word of God gave us physical strength. We were hungry and dehydrated from the climb, but after 5 1/2 hrs just after the sun had gone down we arrived at our mountain village.
Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal - Village

To the Nepali this was normal. They do this every day, but to Dustan and I, we may as well of just climbed EVEREST! Seeing that mountain village made us want to weep. We’d finally made it!!!

Dustan and Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

Dustan and Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal - Our Village Family

When you face the storms of this life and it just seems impossible to overcome, know that with GOD ALL things are possible! The key to that phrase is With God.

You may be facing the highest mountains you’ve ever faced right now in your personal life, and you been wondering how to get through it. And the Answer is simply….”with God.”

I know without any doubt in my mind that WITH GOD we can overcome any challenge and any mountain we face!

When we grow tired and weary our flesh screams at us to quit, and we can’t look at the natural or our own body for strength. We are frail. We are weak. But Greater is HE who is in us than he that is in this world.

Dig for that strength in the Word of God. Dig for wisdom. Search for it like precious treasure, and you will find it.

Instead of going to someone or something that offers you the world’s wisdom, go to the Word of God for it. It is only there that you will find it. Search for the presence of God, for it is there that you can find joy unspeakable and all the untapped strength you need.

Darlene Stanley Trekking Mountains in Nepal

 So don’t forget to CALL ON HIM, and go conquer those mountains!

 * Click here to view MORE photos from trek! *

Overcoming Verses:

Luke 1:37 – For nothing is impossible with God.

Matt 19:26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Philippians 4:13 -I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 8:31 -What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?