Mt. Adams, Washington State
Pretty, isn't it? I see this mountain every time I drive home, and I love it. But I'm not crazy about the mountains that keep rearing up in my path as I journey through life. We've had more than our share of those the past two years, and most of them have centered around financial challenges. Businesses spiraling, a job lost, people who took advantage, and debt that kept growing with not enough income to keep up.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, I'm simply stating what we've been dealing with for sometime. Mountains that looked nearly insurmountable--craggy outcroppings that left hands bleeding and raw just trying to hang on and not fall into a crevice.
Have you experienced that in your life lately? Maybe it's financial or a health issue--or a relationship you treasured gone sour. Someone who hurt you when you didn't expect it--a child who strayed down the wrong path or a spouse who deserted you when you needed them the most.
Whatever your mountain, let me assure you that God is NOT ignoring you. In fact, He may be trying to get your attention--or He may be quietly fighting on your behalf as Satan attempts to tear you apart.
Lately I've been doing something I used to do, but had kind of forgotten. I've been praising God out loud for His provision even when it seemed there was none in sight. I've been speaking scriptures while I pray, proclaiming that what He said is true....He WILL provide for our needs. He does want us to prosper and be in health, even as our souls prosper. He cares for us and will never abandon us, or allow us to carry more than we can bear...He will bear it for us.
And you know what? Hope is rising. God is moving. Things are changing in the spiritual realm, and I'm beginning to see changes in the natural, as well. Life isn't perfect by any means, but I know my God is in control and there is nothing that's happening that He can't change or turn for my good.
Hold on, friends. Press through to victory. Don't give up. God doesn't send the trial, he allows Satan to send them so we can whip the enemy to bring glory to God.
1 John 4:4
New International Version (NIV)
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.