One of the blessings in my life is the fact that every Thursday I can pack my bag and head out to the mountains. I started hiking at the beginning of 2010 in preparation for my big Kilimanjaro adventure in July of that year and it has since become a way of life for me.
I feel so incredibly close to the Lord when we are out there. Looking at the beauty and the LIFE that surrounds me on our walks just humbles me! At times I feel overwhelmed by the wonder of it all and today is one of those days that I wish I could take one or two people with me on a Thursday.
I just want them to experience creation the way I do. Because if they can somehow manage to get to that place, I know they won't be able to question the fact that the Lord exists!
I guess the sad fact, and hence the tone of this post, is that I am realising that a number of the people that I know do not actually believe in the Lord Jesus Christ at all. In fact, a few actually feel so strongly about the issue that they sporadically post statements or quotes on their facebook profiles denouncing or making fun of the christian faith.
The latest quote on a friend's page has left me feeling so sad/offended/helpless that I have actually blocked all her status updates. It just so sad to read it, I can't bear the words to even appear on my computer screen. This sounds so dramatic, but it really is how I feel. Just incredibly sad.
When I decided to live my life the way that I believe the Lord wants me to, I committed to having a teachable spirit. And I am fully committed to that. I asked the Lord to speak to me in ways that I can understand.
And he has not let me down. He speaks to me in a language that is clear and precise. I get confirmation after confirmation. I don't remember bible verses. I can't even always remember the sequence of events in the bible as I should. But time and time again, I have heard words come out of my mouth that I know did not come from me.
That is why I know the Lord speaks not only to me, but through me.
The discovery of all these people around me who deny the existence of God, frightened me at first. I really didn't understand it. In fact, I still don't. What I do know however, is that I have to trust that the Lord will guide me.
I pray that he will put the right words in my mouth when I interact with people who are far from him. Words that I know are not from me, but from the greatest teacher that exists. I also pray for teachable spirits.
Here are some of the verses that the Lord has already led me to. They were all new to me. How appropriate and how faithful. The Lord is never unclear.When he speaks it is precise - all we have to do is to ask, and to listen.
'Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.' 1 Peter 1:8-9
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the ends of the earth.' Acts 1:8
'One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." Acts 18:9-10
Note the numbers of the chapters and the verses - coincidence? I don't think so. THIS is how the Lord speaks to me and I know that I can't shy away from the challenge of being confronted by non-believers.
I found the rock in the picture above on a path in the mountains one Thursday. A heart shaped rock. What a contradiction - but what a challenge! Can hearts of stone actually become soft?
Today I'd like to direct you to a site that is very special to me: