The wonder and majesty of creation through the eyes of a child. When I look at this scene I can envision our little grandson at an older age. Arms lifted high in complete abandonment. Happy and joy-filled to be outside - free to run and play. We've been praying that even now the Lord will draw his little heart unto Himself. That Buddy will grow to love, serve and fulfill God's purpose. I see our son in this scene as well. I remember when he was little how much he loved to walk the highlands and glens with his father. They started calling it their "adventures." With his little red cardigan, wellingtons and cowboy hat on; off he would go with his dad - our dog, Britta, following close behind. I'm so glad he still remembers some of those "adventures" and hope he will do the same with his "Buddy."
But this verse has more meaning for me as well. In 2003 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. A diagnosis that proved to be incorrect during surgery thankfully. However, the weeks leading up to surgery were ones of uncertainty. So many times God had reassured me through the prayers of church family and friends of His faithfulness - this time would be no different. "I will be the Aron to your Moses" when you cannot lift your head or pray one more time I will be there to lift it up for you. The tears well as I write these words today. How I love my dear friend! Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times..." a verse I've shared with another navy wife for many years. One that has encouraged me in the darkest of times. You don't realize how powerful these verses are and the impact they have until adversity strikes. But when it does, "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
One month after 9/11, my husband and I took a road trip west. We stopped in Sedona for our anniversary and spent a few days to rest. Early one morning we took a hike around Bell Rock and climbed up as far as our bodies would allow. As we sat there looking at the beauty of the Red Rocks before us, turquoise blue skies above, that same peace washed over us. There we found solace for our hearts. I lift my eyes to the hills ~ Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord Psalms 121: 1-2
As we approach Easter may we deeply appreciate what God has done for us through his son, Jesus - Redemption!
Shout to the Lord
All the earth, let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
Lyrics by Hillsong
He has Risen, He has Risen Indeed!