Surrounded by Mountains

 

 

mountains

I love the mountains.  Last year my husband took me to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The mountains were so beautiful.  We would drive through the mountains with the windows down and the sunroof open.  We would listen to music and take in all the scenery.  Life always seems clearer when you’re on top of a mountain.  My family’s all-time favorite vacation spot is Colorado Springs.  When you stand upon Pikes Peak at 14,110 feet above sea level, God seems closer.  Perhaps it’s because His handiwork is so evident.  At that height the air is thinner and you experience shortness of breath.  But, it’s okay because as you’re standing there admiring the grandeur of God’s creation all of a sudden you appear so very small and you realize that God is so very big.  Therefore, you accept the fact that even the next breath you take is in His hands.  It’s truly breath-taking.  Even in Northwest Arkansas, where my family is from, you have small mountains and big hills.  It’s such a wonderful experience to climb a mountain, stand at the top and look out for miles and miles in every direction.  In contrast, take a look at Southern Louisiana or even Southern Mississippi where we live.  While those areas have their own distinct beauty the land is just plain flat.  It’s hard to find even a small hill to climb.  The beauty can’t compare to the mountains.

God’s Word tells us in Psalm 125 that, “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”  When you stand at the bottom of a mountain the sheer size is overwhelming.  Mountains are unmovable.  Mountains protect.  Mountains inspire.  Imagine being surrounded by mountains.  Some might say that the feeling would be one of helplessness but not when God Himself is the mountain.  There is such peace in my heart when I read these Truths from God.  There is such peace knowing that God stands around His people protecting, defending and shielding from all danger and harm.  Nothing comes through God that is not in His Sovereign will.  In that fact I can rest assured that there is no better place to be than surrounded by mountains. 

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