See The Mountain

I drive around the city, looking in the rear view mirror; the side mirror; and the front window. I want to SEE the mountain.

I’m never disappointed. It’s always there: Pike’s Peak.

I can’t seem to catch enough sight of the majestic snow-capped mountain. pikes peak - Copy

Pike’s Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji**. Standing 14,115 feet above sea level, it shadows Colorado Springs and overlooks the Garden of the Gods.

It appears as an incredible giant clothed in stone; a strong, quiet warrior broadly poised to stand watch and keep guard over the people.

The sight of the peak can take your breath away. It’s not just the altitude –it really is just that stunning.

The mountain reminds me of our relationship with God. He’s always there; larger than life, strong and unshakable. It’s a delight to steal glances throughout the day to find He really is still there.

One can go just about anywhere in town and see the mountain. Regardless of distance, height or vantage point, it’s hard not to see it. And who could tire the sight of the mammoth crests? The timeless beauty draws people from all over the world.

So it is with God.  He can be seen from anywhere …everywhere.

Any who want to see Him, need only face Him.

Once we do see Him we don’t want to turn away.

As we draw near the giant mound of granite, we realize how small we are and how immense the great heights are. We are wise to approach with as much respect as adoration.

Our approach to the Lord is not so different. His paths look steep, daunting, even dangerous. His ways often appear difficult and sometimes absurd.

Even so, His presence beckons, “Come!” “Explore.”

“Find adventure!”

“Delight in My nooks.” “Hide in My crevices.” “Drink from My streams.”

“Find My secret places. Behold My beauty…. “Experience my wonder.”

 

We all face mountains of different sorts.

How do you face a mountain? Do you keep a safe distance?

Do you accept the invitation to explore the upward ascending trails?

Maybe the mountain you face looks like anything but God.

Consider this:

What if you are called to climb that improbable mount looming before you?

It could be the very thing that will strengthen you for what lays beyond.

Perhaps you are meant to explore hidden crevices along the way. What treasures are waiting to be found? And what if part of those treasures is finding that you could go to heights you never before considered?

His ways are higher, His paths are sure. He is a refuge.

From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

**http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/teacher_resources/best_place_species/current_top_10/pikes_peak_.cfm

 

 

 

On Our Knees

Tonight I was shutting off the light and drawing the curtain so I could open the window. There was a cool breeze and it felt nice to have fresh air gently filling the room.

As I opened the window I noticed another window across the way from my own. The curtain was drawn back like mine. A faint light revealed that someone was there.

I recognized the older woman who came out in the mornings to tend her flowers. She was a tiny little lady with a meek and generous smile. We’d never talked, but there was a pleasant exchange between us.

Tonight she was on her knees with hands lifted high. I was immediately impressed. She had to be uncomfortable. She was not young.

It was obvious she was unaware that I saw her. I didn’t want to invade her privacy but I was fascinated by what I saw. The sight stirred and humbled me.

I snatched another peek. Her arms gently swayed. She was obviously adoring someone who was fully present to her.

A song of thanksgiving rose to my lips.  I got down on my own knees and began thanking Father. How could I not join the attribution to the One I knew worthy of such adoration?

We are created to worship and adore the One who breathed life into our being.

King David nailed it in Psalm 22:3, “God inhabits the praises of His people.”

It’s true! As we humble ourselves unto Him, we find His presence. Here we experience purpose and satisfaction far beyond earthly concerns.

God is looking for true worshippers who worship in spirit and truth. It is a beautiful sight to see God being adored simply and unashamedly in the quiet of the night.

I thought about my husband and my kids on bended knees. knees4prayinI envisioned my friends and family members bowing low in secret places before the Lord. I considered the persecuted worshipping in chains and dark places.

Whether or not we realize it, we all lift our hands to something or someone. We pray in need, and we pray in adoration.

Tonight I am reminded to pray for all who have yet to seek and find the face of Jesus. I am also thanking Father for all who have found Him -that we would shine like beacons in the night drawing deeper into His presence in such a way that provokes others to seek Him for themselves.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:14-15

Consider that wherever you are, on your knees is the most powerful and fulfilling place to be.