Sep 16, 2012

Encouragement from the Mountains

Often Hubby steps onto the deck and says, "They're calling me!"
Stunned, I look around, "Who?"
And he points to the distant mountains, "Them."

Shaggy goats, elk and big horn sheep roam the heights, but unlike John they're equipped for the treacherous terrain, unpredictable storms and threatening predators.

Gracefully Big Horn leap at speeds of 30 MPH on flat terrain
And 15 MPH across dangerous crags.
Their hooves grip like suction cups, as they flee such predators as lions and wolves.

Observing their gracefulness amidst peril,
We can find encouragement.
Even though times are perilous, stocks are plummeting, unemployment rising
And 100 year old Bastions of finance crumbling
There is encouragement, hope and answers.

"Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine;
even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though
the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty...
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains"
(Habakkuk 3:17-19).

Imagine--no matter how scary and perilous-- we--like the Big Horn, can surmount life's problems.

With "His strength"--
We can think out of the box,
Find solutions no matter how impossible things may appear--
And walk safely and surefooted
Across mountains of difficulty and heartaches.
Then we'll look back
At the storms--
The scary mountains of life--
And possibly some very sad times--
That we made it.
He promises, "I will never leave you or forsake you,"
"With God--
All things
Are possible."