Good morning all-
I hope this weekend you have spent some time with family and friends and are gearing up for another bountiful week. My week will be interesting because I will be traveling to Colorado and on to Wyoming and it's my brother's birthday. He died eight years ago on a mountain in Colorado this July. Funny how life circles back to events and times that really make you wonder, "How did I get through that?" Yet, here I am going back to the state he loved. Isn't God wonderful?
The mountains always make me think about Bible passages. I have driven through them more times than I can state. I am in awe of their beauty and majesty and I respect what they are and what they take. Many have lost their lives traveling over them and climbing them. They are majestic but should be respected. I happen to live in a place with little water and no mountains so when I see them it takes me back to a time when God said, He could move mountains and that makes me pause. Do you have a mountain in your life? Has it been a long journey? I know that when mountains are in our way it seems we will never get over them. And yet, somehow, some way we always do. That's the sign that God has moved the mountain and we are on solid ground.
Recently, that statement is holding true for my family. In less than four weeks, my son will be out of an internship. He has been turned down for numerous jobs and has felt defeat in a very large way. It's hard to get that first job. It takes perseverance and a belief that God is who He says He is. We have plans but He has the keys. I can't tell you how many times I have said, "Trust in Him." I feel like it's been a million to him and me. I know that He has a plan for my son and that He will fulfill it in His time. How do I know that? Because I have faced it many times before. The mountain has been in front of me and because my pride and my faith got in the way it took more time for Him to deliver me.
We are no different than the Israelites except we didn't get to see God part the Red Sea. We are no different than the disciples except we didn't get to see the resurrection of Christ and we are no different than Paul who walked blind only to have God open His eyes. We are just like all those men and women before us. When the road gets tough, we get lost. The mountains become un-scaleable and the sea roars. And yet, just like our forefathers before us I hear a whisper every night and every day from our Lord that says, "Trust in me." I have heard it most of my life. When I am down, I hear Him in the quiet reminding me through prayer and thanksgiving that He is trustworthy. That doesn't mean I don't falter from time to time because like you, I'm human. However, it's because of the times I fell down I do trust more and know that He will be faithful.
Often we are not faithful. When Jesus gave John a glimpse into humanity and no one was good enough, John wept. Why did he do that? Because he hoped that someone would be worthy but none are. Only Christ is worthy and yet, He has to tell us a million times to trust in Him. I hear You Lord, loud and clear! Even now as I sit and write this, I am going through another battle. The mountain is treacherous and yet, I hear Him in the quiet saying, "Trust in me." My question has been, when Lord will You deliver me?" My answer: A whisper to trust in Him. That's it. Really? Yes. Because our Lord knows what He's doing. We may think we know but we don't have a clue. So if you are on a journey where the mountains are steep, go to a quiet place and over and over say, "I trust only in You Lord." He reveals Himself to us in the quiet if we are willing to hear Him.
My prayer today is that The Lord of life will reveal Your path. That as you seek His face, He will reveal His plan and any mountain too high for you will become grass under His feet. He will take you by still waters, minister to you through the Holy Spirit and surround you with serenity. Only when we die to ourselves can the Lord Jesus minister to our souls, so today, I pray we resign our hearts and souls to You. We want to gain more faithfulness and trust in a God who has been with us since the beginning. Bring down the mountains, open up the seas and grant us wisdom. We can't do any of this alone. It takes You to be the lead. Lead us to You and fulfill our hearts with Your mighty power. We believe that You are who You say You are. Bring revival to Your people and to those You have chosen to walk with You for eternity.
He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger. (Job 9:5 NIV)
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. (Psalm 20:1-5 NIV)