Jun 4, 2010

Over the mountain

As we headed over the mountain to visit friends, I thought about how much life and the walk of faith was like this little jaunt over the mountain. God, the Creator, designed a path for us to follow. Sometimes on that path, it seems there is a mountain in the way. I've been reflecting a bit about a song we've been singing in worship that says "He can move the mountains". I believe that He can. Many times, God walks with me over the mountains of life. Maybe that's God's way of moving the mountain for me - putting it behind me instead of in front of me! We all have our own personal mountain to climb and yours is probably very different than mine.

As we drove, we could not always see over the bend at the top of each hill to see what was ahead.
But I hear His Spirit softly speak, "No need to be filled with anxiety or dread."

As the roads curve and then unravel,
With not another vehicle in sight, I feel like I'm alone on my travels.

The markers and boundaries are very clear and evident at times.

At others, the climb is all uphill and the direction appears to have no reason or rhyme.

Some paths are unpaved and unmarked along the way
And, I'm convinced, they keep me fully dependent on Him day by day.

I know as we travel, the LORD protects us from very present danger
His boundaries protect with love, not rules set out of fear and anger

Life is full of His glory and majesty evidenced in people, frogs and flowers,

The creative genius in everything displayed gives evidence to His Higher Power.

I am thankful to the Father, the Spirit, and Jesus, that we are not alone.

I'm thankful for my personal mountain and for those I dearly love at home.

So even when the bin I'm tending appears to hold no prize,

I'll keep running toward Him who thinks I am the apple of His eye.

I won't get sidetracked and give up and just play

I'll take each determined step He leads along the way.

Though some days the work seems downright dirty and no fun

Feelings are wounded and my thoughts undone

I won't be discouraged by the roadblocks and fences I see,

I'll look at them as loving guard rails sent tenderly from My Father to me

The view from the top of the mountain, even on a cloudy day,
Is more magnificent, I'd say.

He can move the mountains!

With thanksgiving to Victoria for taking many of the pictures as we traveled over the mountain.


LisaShaw said...

I have so enjoyed traveling over the mountain with you and your family. Every word and photo speaks beautifully.

Thank you dear sister for sharing the LORD with us today through your family and your travels over the mountain.

He is always with us. Love you.

Patty said...

A timely Word for me and my family right now. Thank you Victoria for taking beautiful pictures!!

Love you,

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

What a beautiful way to describe how our lives can be at times....yet realizing we are not alone as we trudge through life.


Yolanda said...

So very beautiful! I am so thankful for God's hand of protection.

Georgia Jan said...

I just love you Lora! I loved the photos and your beautiful words as well. I would love to take that journey over the mountain with you. It was so pretty - love the children in the photos...my heart is so full these days.

Love you friend,
Gran Jan :)

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

How beautiful!! Simple, yet so profound. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of His eternal presence.


Ginger said...

Beautiful pictures and beautiful life lessons from them. I love how He speaks in pictures to us.

twinkle said...

Lora, did you know David Crowder is having a song-writer's conference? Dare we?

These photos are just bliss to me. The children, the curvy mountain roads, the animals, the VIEW. Faith. It is a glorious treasure full of adventure and cliff-hanging moments of rescue and grit. heart u

© Jennifer Raley said...

I've been thinking about you and that I need to come by your blog! Your poem expresses, in a beautiful and different way, exactly what I've been understanding ... good words! Lovely photos! And so glad you stopped by and left me several notes ... thank you! Speaking of glue ... (from my post) ... mountains, paths, paved, unpaved, broken, glued. :) Jenn

Betsy said...

Beautiful words and pictures to go with your thoughts! I do wish for some mountains in Ohio! LOL! We have flat cornfields! :)

Cindy said...

Lora, I always enjoy your photos and your poetry.

Aren't you glad that God doesn't always reveal where our paths will take us?

Deborah Ann said...

Beautiful! Loved the pictures and the poetry. Mostly I loved God, as He led the way...

Kelly S. said...

Beautiful! words and pictures :)

That is one of the many things I love about living in ETN. Breath taking views at every angle...I'm so thankful to live in these "hills". Honestly, as many times as I have sang that song, and I have the visual right before me, this is the first time I have actually visualized God moving mountains. You have a gift :)

B His Girl said...

I love this post and the song. How encouraging! thanks, B