“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
Living in the Fraser Valley of BC affords us the great pleasure of the many mountains that surround us. This time of year as they stand dawned with the crisp white snow against the clear blue skies, they stand out with such beauty. Even on the clear evenings we have been having with the moon shining on the snow, they stand as majestic silhouettes against the star studded skies. Their beauty is captivating, and to be honest, it is one of the things that made me fall in love with this part of our great country.
In contrast, when the snow is gone and the smog moves in and life gets overwhelmingly busy, we drive past those same mountains and on many days they go unnoticed. The smog makes them look a little farther away, the rain clouds cover them in and the busyness of life draws our attention from looking up to looking directly ahead with urgency to complete our task. We have an unobstructed view of Mt Cheam from our home, my lady as I call her. She is gorgeous and draws me to worship many, many days, but especially when she is dawned with her “white dress”. I have to admit though, that when she is covered in with rain clouds or intense smog or when I am so focused on tasks at hand, and worries that plague and well, I don’t give her much notice.
Do we do that with our faith in Jesus too? Does the deep true part of our heart get clouded in with the smog of worry, or the clouds of sadness? Does our faith get weighed down with the busyness of life and then shelved for a day and wait for a day that we make time? Jesus, is our strength, our fortress, and surrounds us as does the mountains here in the Fraser Valley. He shines bright in the morning of our new found faith and we notice His presence in our life. If we are honest there are times as our faith matures, days even maybe, that we don’t stop to notice His presence. We are so busy and so worried, and so burdened that we forget to stop and just look to Him. To see Him, not just to need Him, but to see Him and worship Him for the beautiful Saviour He is.
Take a few minutes today to move the “smog” and “clouds” and “busyness”, and look up. Look for that renewed strength and joy you had when you first invited Him to be your Lord and Saviour. He hasn’t moved, He is surrounding you and loving you and never moves, just like the mountains. Soak in the beauty of who He is and let it fill your heart and mind, restore your soul and refresh you as you move into another day, week, month and New Year.
Loads of Love, Hugs n’ Prayers