Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Wanna Be: So.Very.Big.

Heavy. Looming. Massive. Oppressive. Overwhelming. BIG.

That's what it feels like sometimes.
It's a really overused metaphor though isn't it?

But when I've been in the mountains and I not only SEE them for real, but feel them--feel them breathing over me like a wall hedging me in, well ... they become more real and not so much a saying.
Ever hear, "It's like moving a mountain."
It sounds so ridiculously impossible and beyond comprehension.
But again, seeing and feeling the mountains--I can see why it is such a popular saying.
They are heavy, and looming and massive and oppressive and overwhelming and BIG.

I'm from the midwest, where it's pretty flat.
Sure we have some rolling hills and even some beautiful cliffs and ravines around the rivers ... but there isn't that overwhelming presence like a mountain has. There are fields of corn and soy beans and areas of fields where you can literally see for miles. Storms don't often creep up on us--not that we don't have some big storms and tornados! But usually we see them brewing on the horizon and we can usually prepare in advance for them. But when I am in the mountains there is a presence hunkered over my shoulder peering in on me ... like a giant's shoulder and I'm like a cricket in a box just waiting. Waiting and waiting ... waiting for what? I don't know. For the rest of the giant to pop over the horizon and see BIG redefined? Waiting for the horizon to clear so I can breathe deeply again as I can see a familiar perspective again. Or waiting for the mountain to move.

But really ... for me ... I'm discovering that maybe I have a perspective problem.
And this has led to this Wordless Wednesday to not be so wordless.
Maybe instead of looking to see that mountain move outta my way--I should be looking at the Power and Might that created that mountain. The Power that put it there on purpose long before this time. And yet even then, He had me in mind--every last one of my breaths and days--all of my purposes and my wishes and dreams. The Power that could move it if He willed it ... but for now ... He has created and kept it there to protect me--to shelter me from what is on the other side.

If you've ever looked up at the snowy peeks of a mountain and have seen the wind blow skiffs of snow in sheets over the top safely far above your head where you peer up from the safe, calm, warm valley ... it's good to be reminded that sometimes mountains can be shelters--not there to keep us from things--but to keep us close and to protect us from things that we are not yet prepared to tackle.

And in time ...
if it be His will ...
He will lead us to a path through the loving arms of the mountain that hug and guide around every turn.

1My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
3Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.a
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
8This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
12because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a fatherb the son he delights in.
13Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
14for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
19By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
         --Proverbs 3


Shannon said...

Thank you my friend!!! I needed this today!

Michele said...

Wow. I needed it too. Thanks! And thank you for always being to so encouraging to me on my blog. You are so sweet!

The Sanders Family said...

I've always thought of mountains as God's hedges of protection around us, and as a way to look at faith. We do not need to see what's in the horizon if we place our trust in the Lord to lead us through. But oh how often we think we need to see, to plan, to guide ourselves. Ugh! Thanks for this reminder, Valerie! :) And I love your not-so-wordless Wednesday!

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