Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keep Your Eyes on the Mountains

The Sugarlands, looking northwest from Bull He...
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Several years ago, as our family drove to Boston, we had ample opportunity to view the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, with one majestic peak after another crowning our view.

Often we would reach places in the valleys enshrouded by fog or mist, or our view obstructed by trees and forests.  Yet the mountains would still be visible towering over the landscape.  In the distant, we could see them rising up as a hopeful sign of the path we were yet to trod.

There are times in our lives which also seem to be enshrouded in fog, mist and darkness.  Often we may feel as those whose hearts are "failing them for fear."  We don't understand the how or the why of the moment.   Fortunately, we are not called to understand it all, and we are not called to have a "spirit of fear." We are called to trust the One to whom the moment belongs.

Psalm 90:2
"Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, 
or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, 
even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God."

When we reach those inevitable foggy, dark places in our lives, let us affirm and confess the "Ancient One" who has been, and is and will be, "our dwelling place." Let us trust in the Lord who has promised He would not only lead us through the shadowed valleys, but walk with us, and in us along the way.  Let us keep our eyes on the mountains in the distance,  and believe in He who framed the worlds and formed those mountains.  

He has been, is, and will always be, faithful and true.

Luke 21:28
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; 
for your redemption draweth nigh."

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