In October my family took a trip to the Smoky Mountains. On the last day of the trip we drove to the highest point you could drive to, spent some time walking around enjoying the views, and then headed back down the mountains. The journey up the mountain was slow. But, even as we traveled upward, the sights were breathtaking. There were sharp curves and steep climbs. It was a long road to the top, but it was so worth the effort!
Once at the top, the incredible realization of all God has created was almost overwhelming. It was stunning. We took pictures, but they couldn’t possibly capture the true beauty of what our eyes were witnessing. We finally decided we had to head back down. You would think the trip down the mountain would be easier than the trip up the mountain. But we found that we had to ride the brakes to keep from going too fast. The corners were still very sharp. The car even protested as the breaks got hot.
This is the way my year has been. I had to climb a very steep personal mountain this year. There were times I didn’t know how I would possibly make it. With the help of God (I mean that with all my heart), I somehow made it through. At the top of my mountain, I have made some wonderful new friends. I have let go of some of the anxiety and worry that held me down for so many years. I’ve begun writing devotions for a wonderful group of ladies (and gentlemen) every day. And, I was even asked to co-author a book. I am in awe of what God has done.
But, you know, we do not stay on the mountaintop forever. Eventually we have to journey down. I know I must keep my focus on the One who leads me everywhere I go. The trip down can be challenging as well. We have to be careful to slow down and not speed through what God is showing us.
God is just so good. I cannot begin to explain to you the grace He has shown me.
Regardless of where you are in your journey, let me encourage you to lean on the One who knows your past, your present, and your future. He will carry you. Isn’t that an awesome thought?
Psalm 103:1-22 (KJV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
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