Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you...
I must say that these two scriptures are a few of my favorites. The mountains always refresh me; and seeing them through clouds from a plane only intensifies their majesty. I find myself in awe of a Creator that not only fashioned the mountain ranges; but the whole planet, and the entire universe. Yet that Creator of mountain ranges, lakes, planets; everything seen and unseen, wants a personal relationship with me. Hard to wrap my thoughts around that and not come up with a ton of gratitude.
In some worldly situations my thought may be to defend myself. God imparts to me to be quiet. Other times when I want to be silent, God moves me to speak. I defer my understanding to listening and walking in faith through these adversarial times; His will, not mine, be done. My storehouse is inevitably filled with endurance, hope, increased faith and gratitude, and deeper intimacy with Jesus.
We can endure and give thanks in the midst of trials. He has proved himself over and over to have unlimited blessings come out of very miserable circumstances. Jesus said we would have trouble in the world. My, oh, my; He should know!!! But we can overcome because He also left us His peace. We can more than overcome: if we listen, we can feel the mountains burst into song in praise of Him. Even more, we might even hear the heart song He sings over each one of His children.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!