Looking Past the Mountains
Whether we realize it or not, we are always thinking about the future. Either about what to do tomorrow, or plans for the next five years. But what kind of thoughts do we have about the future? Thoughts from the enemy or revelation from God?
God is always talking to us about our future. ‘There is good right around the corner’ and ‘Don’t worry, the best is yet to come’. This painting brings feelings of hope, peace, and excitement for the future. I know that once I reach past those mountains, I will see what I have always dreamed to see. But getting there isn’t going to be easy.
There will be dark days on the road, but not too dark because my Dad is with me. Some days will be long, but not lonely because my Dad will always be there to encourage me and keep me company. And when the day comes and I face the dogs of doom, I can look right into the eyes of my Heavenly Father and know that these dogs aren’t as terrifying as they look.
As I endure the journey and stay in the presence of the one who is always with me, I will reach those mountains and stand in awe of all I have fought for, all the while rejoicing in the strengthened relationship with my God.
And so it’s the same for you- day by day walk the journey with your Heavenly Father, and one day, it will be you looking past those mountains, straight at those things who have only hoped for in your wildest dreams.
When was the last time you wondered?
Not like wonder what to eat for dinner, but really wonder.
That place you felt your soul go, but your mind did not keep up. What does God smell like? Would it be similar to anything I’ve ever smelled before?
Today, I invite you to wonder. It is a beautiful place for your heart to be when you really let yourself wonder in the presence of God. If you feel pain and anxiety when you wonder, then maybe that’s not wonder. It is the place your heart can go where there are no limitations, no boundaries, no fear. Like nothing can stop you. Sound familiar? Sounds like the presence of God to me.
Every time I am filled with wonder, it invites the presence of God. Now what would happen if we stayed in that place of wonder. What if we kept our souls wondering what God was up to? What if we asked questions knowing the answer would only open the door to more questions? That it’s okay to not understand everything. The mundane would never be the same.
So let’s let ourselves lift above the clouds, out of the tiny box of what we know, and into the open air of the unknown. Let’s wonder about miracles without slipping in despair when our tiny box has no room for it. Breathe in the fresh air of wonder way above the clouds. Let your soul go exploring and soon, wonder will become your reality.
Down in the depths my hearts asleep. Lying dormant ready for the day that I might awake. I’m at the bottom of the ocean with the tons of weight about me so I can’t get to the surface. Trust me I’ve tried.
But wait. I feel my heart starting to feel something. It’s like a sensation that I have felt once or twice before. It’s like being drawn to magnet, the other times I’ve felt it I did nothing and ignored it but this time it’s different. I look into the direction in which I feeling drawn and I see this figure coming my way. No one has come this far down into this ocean of loneliness. Then I see him coming with something in his hand. He comes up to my heart and brushed away the dark debris on long forgotten dreams. OW. He plunged what he had in his hand into my heart. What was that? A Key.
Now my heart begins to beat again. Now the dry and crusted lies that surrounded my heart are now being burned away as my heart begins to warm. As the light in my heart gets brighter he takes out the key, then I finally see his face. At first I don’t recognize him but then he begins looks familiar.
Then all at once my heart recognizes him. He was the one from the beginning. He was the one that formed my heart! He was the one who formed my key whole into me. Now the dark debris of forgotten dreams are now turning light and begin floating upward. They are coming alive just as I have.
Now the deep-sea diver picks up my once lonely heart, holds me close and brings me to the surface. To a world I thought I would never know. Now I can call this world my home!
“And while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”
What you are going through, wherever you are at, there is no distance our great deep-sea diver will not go. He already went to the darkest depth to rescue your heart. His love can never be stopped.
When you feel your heart has stopped, just call for the locksmith to come and unlock your heart.
God is in the business of breaking down walls. He loves to wait at the door of kindness for you until you are ready to expose your heart. He is so patient with you. He is gentle but also bold.
God never forces you to do anything that your heart don’t feel safe doing. But He will patiently wait for you until you let our walls down and make your heart open to Him. All of the dirt, shame, guilt, mistrust is exposed to Him. But none of this phases the Almighty God of the universe. He didn’t even think twice when you told Him your worst thought. He said, “My beloved child. Precious one. What are you talking about? I have forgiven your sins. You are white as snow. Now, how was your day?”
God desires to clear your heart of the lies that lay deep inside and bring new life up to the surface. God always wants to see your true heart. But until you are ready to reveal your heart to Him, He can wait. He will sit right outside of your wall and talk with you. Laugh with you. Cry with you. Until every little stone is cleared away from that wall. He will wait because trust doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s like that saying “True love waits.” God is the ultimate example
because He understands every cry of your heart!