Mountains


MountaintopMy family is in the midst of a process, and we’ve hit a point where the entire situation is out of our control. There are monumental decisions to be made, yet we don’t have the authority to make a single one. We’ve come to a place where all we can do is pray, but the prayers don’t come easily. They come with wrestling. In order to move forward with peace in my heart, there are two things I must come to terms with.

First, I must have faith that God is capable of moving mountains. In this situation, there are some mighty mountains blocking our way. They seem pretty darn immoveable, but God is in the business of working miracles. On many occasions I have seen him overcome insurmountable obstacles. But although my head knows that God moves mountains, my heart struggles to believe it. Jesus give me faith! “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 New Living Translation)

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Secondly, I must trust God’s plan. Although it is important to believe that God has the power to move mountains, I also need to trust that his plan is best, even if the mountains remain firmly in place. This is almost more challenging than believing he will overcome obstacles. It demands a complete surrender of my plans and preconceived notions. By nature, I’m a planner, and letting go is incredibly difficult for me. But his plans are always better than mine.

Earlier I mentioned needing to believe these things to move forward in peace. Philippians 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (New King James Version) I used to view peace that surpasses understanding as peace that is better than anything we know. While I still think that’s true, I have a new perspective on peace that surpasses understanding. It’s having peace, even when I don’t understand. My family needs peace, even though we don’t understand.

Mountain Beauty

For Those Who Seek

The place where you are at right now is part of God’s will for your life. Your passion, skills, and creativity are absolutely from him. He won’t make you completely give up those things he’s placed within you, but this journey with him will require sacrifice. You are in a good place, but do you want more? More adventure, more Kingdom come, more Jesus? Examine where you are, and where you want to go. The near future is full of important decisions. Listen to God.

Not My Life, But His

You truly live when you’re living in God’s will instead of trying to do it your own way. You can have more radical life by him, for him, in him, and through him. The choice is yours…

Artist

I’ve always wondered if I should consider myself an artist. I’m a musician, and music is a form of art, but I don’t particularly feel like an artist when I play music. I’ve heard people profess that everyone is an artist, but I’ve been skeptical of that claim. I’m hopeless at drawing, painting, sculpting, carving, and essentially any other common art skill. Give me pastels and I’ll give you a blank look. It’s just not my thing.

Recently, however, I may have discovered something that is my thing. Words. I love to mess around with them and pour my creative energy into them. I use words to create compositions in the same way my brother uses lines and shapes to create drawings. This has led me to wonder, “Is it possible to be a word artist?” Maybe I am an artist after all. An amateur, but an artist nonetheless. And even more importantly, maybe everyone else is an artist too. I know we all have a creative spark, and maybe it’s just a matter of finding the right medium…

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