Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mt. McKinley

Mount McKinley --
Presented to You by Our Awesome God
I was thrilled to have the rare privilege of seeing this magnificent creation of God.  I say "rare," because only 30% of visitors to Alaska are able to see the mountain.  Most times the cloud cover surrounding this 20,320 feet tall mountain totally obscures its glory from view.  The mountain is still there, even though it appears to have disappeared - like the picture below:
The morning after we'd seen the beauty of Denali (that's what the native population call the mountain -- it's original name), it was no longer visible.  The blank area between the two sets of smaller mountains is Mt. McKinley behind cloud-cover. It looked to me like someone had erased the mountain with white-out.  This reminds me of the invisible aspects of our great God.
We walk around in a world of visible people, houses, trees -- mountains.  The thing is, there's a whole other world surrounding us that is invisible.  The ironic thing about that is the invisible world is more important to us than the visible world.  Sounds strange, I know, but it is very true -- just as true as the fact that there is a huge, majestic mountain in that second picture -- even though you cannot see it.
Just today I was reading in Beth Moore's "Whispers of Hope" and she wrote:  "Hebrews 11 reminds us that the most influential factors determining outcome in the life of believers are those we cannot see.  Your greatest reality in your greatest difficulty is an invisible, all-powerful God."  That's where faith comes in with such importance.  Hebrews 11:1 gives us the definition of faith:  "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  Read Hebrews 11 and see faith in action.
No matter how "invisible" God might seem to you right now, -- He is there, He is here, and He is everywhere, all the time.  God is real and the work He is doing around us is more real than the noses on our faces -- we just can't see it with our eyes.  But, by faith we can see what we can't see (oxymoron, I know, but nonetheless, the truth).  This reminds me of one of my favorite verses:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path" Proverbs 3:5-6.
Thank you, God, for giving me the honor of seeing the beautiful, majestic mountain you created -- and even more -- for giving me the privilege of "seeing" you with the eyes of faith. 

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