Climbing the mountains of our lives

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
― Edward Whymper

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(view of cascade mountains as seen from the rim trail of Crater Lake, Oregon / Julie Cook / 2013)

I had a different post already for today. However last night around midnight it dawned on me that I needed to do something a bit differently. Today our son was to be taking the LSAT. It is the test those students take who wish to pursue a career in Law. It is the admittance requirement to any Law School— a more grown up version of the SAT, just more specific to Law.

It is with a prayerful heart that my thoughts are directed to my son this morning. There is a post waiting to be written about our son, but it simply is not quite the right time. There are, however, many a teacher and or friend who never would or could have imagined that he would ever be here, this day, poised to take this test.

The sad matter here is that he was ready.
And then there was the glitch.

He was diagnosed with a rather profound learning disability in the 1st grade. He did not learn to read until the 3rd grade, after attending a specific school an hour and a half drive from home each day during one long summer when other little boys were out playing ball and swimming. He has battled learning to live with the learning disability, as well as dyslexia and ADD. There are those who never thought he’d finish high school, which he did successfully. Nor those who thought he would get into a college, let alone that he should even try to attend college. But he did.

It has not been easy—on any of us. There was a time in his youthful arrogance that he did not “get” how much he really would need to spend of himself to reach his goals and dreams. Eventually it became quite clear. He rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to climb the mountain. He is an avid backpacker so the analogy of climbing a mountain is most appropriate for him and this journey.

Upon entering the testing facility this morning to take the test, he was told that his drivers license was considered a passport which would not suffice as a photo ID, that he was to have had an additional photo taped the a piece of paper. ARE YOU KIDDING?! The young lady ahead of him in line had the additional photo but it was not tapped to a piece of paper, they also refused her admittance.

To have spent over a year studying and preparing, only to be refused admittance because he had what he read to be the required photo ID, as we all read the requirements— the language of the instruction stated that if a passport ID was used, an additional photo was required. When did a drivers license become a passport? I am incensed. . .

He is not at the summit obviously just yet, there is a semester and a mini-mester yet to conquer until the long fraught climb of school is partially over. Then there will be another looming mountain beyond the first, more arduous than before. And who is to say that through all of this God may simply have a different plan. But for now, for this day, the climb of the important test of a dream as come to a halt.

I ask for prayers for him, his fiancee, as well as mom and dad. . . I ask for prayers of peace, calm, knowledge–those things that are needed in order to conquer the obstacle of this particular mountain. The ability to accept the current outcome with peace, yet the continued perseverance. Whatever the journey is to be. . .be it the continued pursuit of this mountain or that of a new and different mountain, to make a home on a different peak or not. Either way your prayerful support is most gratefully and humbly welcomed.

Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:14

7 comments on “Climbing the mountains of our lives

  1. You know we are praying! We love you all so much, and hurt with you in this. I have to trust that He will bring about a good from the things of life that intend to destroy us. Take courage, yet again, one step at a time, faithfully following His lead.

  2. ptero9 says:

    Wow, that is very disheartening. Prayers that it all works itself out and that you and your family find peace.
    Debra

    • Thank you Debra. An ordeal to say the least–most disappointing, but through it all–there is something to be learned—I’m just struggling trying to see what that may be at this moment—I greatly appreciate your kind thoughts and words—-
      julie

  3. I’m so sorry this has happened and iike you I would be incensed. I will keep all of you in my prayers and ask that you be granted all that you have asked for. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Thanks Natalie–prayers are certainly needed—if there has ever been a kid who has never ever caught a break, it is our son—-I don’t know who was more upset–him or his dad—it’s been a tough day in the Cook house to be sure—I have certainly given God a piece of my mind—which was probably not very wise—it was a moment of pure anguish and frustration—I’ve had better day…. here is to tomorrow! Your prayer are greatly appreciated and needed!!
      thank you—Julie

      • Indeed, here’s to tomorrow and the amazing grace of God! May He grant you great peace. He is still on the throne and in control of all that happens here below. Though we know not how this will play out, we can be sure that He will bring good out of it. By the way, I think that most of us have given Him a piece of our minds at least a time or two. But He can handle it and is really just over joyed that we bring everything to Him instead of attempting to solve things ourselves or look to others instead of Him. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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