"so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.
19This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
20where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:18-20 NAS
I have a little spiral book.
I keep it in my purse.
I have a lot of jots and notes that I have taken down.... written when inspiration has struck.
I make sure it is close at hand. Especially during my quiet times.
As I vacationed over the summer, I had it especially close at hand.
I was privileged to find much needed time with my Heavenly Father.
Away from family. Away from friends. Away from the noises of life.
I feel like I can breath in deep just thinking about it.
And so.... it is in this book, during such a time, that I wrote this.
I have many "unpublished" things in it.
This one I felt worthy of sharing as I visited there again.....
As I am sitting here..... with the most beautiful green leafy trees surrounding me. The wind rustling through them... soft... majestic.
Like the gentlest of songs.
The sound akin to a whisper.
I can hear my Father through the sounds.... I can feel Him through the touch of nature as it washes over me.
He is here. I can feel Him. To the very depth of me.
There has always been two places in nature that I feel the presence of God the most...
The ocean, and places like this....
With magnificent mountains rising up around me.
Raw. Natural. Beauty everywhere you look.
Just by closing my eyes... I can sense and feel Him.
I can be still here. I can be silent.
I can breathe.
I am reminded without interruption of WHO God is.
Everything around me practically shouting it out.
I'm not sure how you could miss it.... it seems impossible to me.
Although... I guess, you could. If you chose to.
I am hit this chill morning with the sun glistening through the trees....
The same God who has created all of this... everything I can lay my eyes on around me....
The same God who spoke it into existence....
He loves me.
I guess that might sound elementary.
But is it?
I think if we fully understood how wonderful, how truly amazing this is.....
And if we really truly walked in this love every single day....
We wouldn't doubt.
We wouldn't worry.
We wouldn't fret over the mountains in our lives.
We wouldn't let the "things"... the many many things that affects our lives...
The things that people do, the infliction of pain that can leave festering wounds.
Even when I know that He knows.... making it that much harder.
We just wouldn't anything much....
We just wouldn't anything much....
Because He would be greater.
Understanding His love for us and us being propelled by it.
Us pushing through the hurts, the doubt, the worry, the fear......
And not seeing the mountains as impossible in our lives, but seeing them for the opportunities that they are for God to show us Who he is through them.
Even if He requires me to climb them... knowing that I am not alone.
That He is with me.
He doesn't see anything as impossible, undo-able, or unnecessary.
I am faulty... He is not.
My love fails those I love.... His doesn't.
"When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice.
"For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them." Deuteronomy 4:30,31 NAS
Because of the new covenant this promise holds true more now than it ever did.
For those who have chosen to follow after Him.
We may not understand it, or why He works the way He does.
But this one thing holds true.... He loves us.
His Word speaks of it over and over again.
We belong to Him.
But He lets us choose... Him first.
And if I fail to read it, His very creation voices it.
In the wind... through the trees... in the crashing of the waves, and the roar of the ocean.
Even in the gentle lapping of the seas.
We are to draw near to Him.
Hear and listen....
He is speaking....
And it is getting louder....
"FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE,
HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.
BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH;
AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.
But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul." Hebrews 10:37-39 NAS
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the men of old gained approval.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible."
Hebrews 11:1-3 NAS
....until another tomorrow.