2014-11-12 - Sun-Kissed Mountains
Living in a valley as part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I see the sun peeking through slow moving clouds regularly, as part of Autumn and Winter. When those rays slip out briefly from between the midrange clouds (described in more detail at: http://www.infoplease.com/cig/weather/ten-major-cloud-types.html), I can see the sun shooting down in lines to kiss those mountain tops that surround this valley. I find myself exhilarated and in awe, every time I see it. More recently, I felt something on a more spiritual level come to mind, when I saw it happen again, as I drove home from a long day of running errands. You see, God knows me quite well. He knows when I get tired, and my body starts talking back to my mind, that I need a boost to help me focus. So he took my focus right to him, and showed me something quite beautiful, filled my heart with the light of his love, and reminded me of the promise he made to me so many years ago, when I chose to put him at the center of my life.
He never said it would be easy, and in fact, he told me right from the start, that it would be hard. In a song by CeCe Winans, called "It Wasn't Easy," a specific line shares " it wasn't easy, but it was worth it". It is a reminder of how God is worthy, and how he designed a plan based on the fact he believes we are worth saving for his glory. The sun-kissed mountains remind me of that so very often, and how I so need it. "I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (Jeremiah 31:25). I so appreciate the Father taking the time to speak to me in a way he knows I can hear, even when I feel weary. I am so grateful for his rescuing me and continuing to do so, as I take this journey with him.
" and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." (Isaiah 61:3)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.