|Our View of the Mountain|
Learning from the North Side of the Mountain
A shipbuilding company had this statement in its advertisement: “All our timber comes from the north side of the mountain.” Why the north side? What does that have to do with timber? After investigation, I found out that the best timber grows on the north side of the mountain because of the rigors of Mother Nature. The snow is deeper and the cold is colder, the wind is stiffer, and the sun is not so warm as the south side of the mountain. The harshness of the weather is a contributing factor to the toughness of the timber.
We received the above thought, “The North Side” – Author Unknown, from another missionary couple. We thought we would pass it on.
Human character is not much different from timber. Often the best in personality grows on the “north side of the mountain.” We grumble about our hardships and difficulties, yet those difficulties help us to grow and become mature. Each of us can look at our lives and see that the times when we made the greatest personal progress were probably when we were living on the ‘north side of the mountain.”
We are learning that the rigors of missionary work (living in a foreign land far from loved ones, etc) can be difficult, but as the ‘North Side stated, it is the struggles that make us strong, not only as missionaries but in the following years as husbands, wives, fathers and mothers and friends.
As senior missionaries, we are still in the strengthening process and learning important lessons. We recognize that we are learning lessons in the mission field that we couldn’t learn any other way. We love the Lord and we love the work. I am always amazed at the Lord’s efficiency. We are here to help and support others and in the process we learn and grow! I have learned a new appreciation for the “North Side.”
Elder & Sister Segeberg