Wraps Around

I read Psalm 125 tonight. 

Verse two says, “Just as the mountains around Jerusalem embrace her,

    the Eternal, too, wraps around those who belong to Him—

    for this moment and for every moment to come.”

I purchased a couch throw to place on a chair in my living room this past summer. 

Wanting something to have wrapped around me as I rested in the chair, I found the perfect thing at a store. 

When I think of being wrapped, it’s easy to think of this woven piece of cloth keeping me warm. 

God wraps around me as the mountains wrap around Jerusalem, because I belong to Him. 

How long?

For this moment and every moment to come. 

Rugged

He gives me the agility of a deer; He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.

—Psalm 18:33

I will never know their names.

It doesn’t matter.

God knows their names……

While visiting a mountain area in another country, I saw men out in a valley with livestock.

The clay was a bright, burnt orange beneath them and the terrain grew steadily tall nearby, dotted with green treas and vegetation.

Where I live, the land is flat and the sky is big.

I am not at all accustomed to walking in rugged terrain.

Yet, if that is where God wanted me to be, I do believe that He would help me to learn to do so or give me the skill immediately to walk in the heights if that is what I needed.

In other situations, it is that way, as well.

I may be living my life in a “flat” land, with certain experiences that are comfortable to me.

If God calls me to other experiences that are “mountainous” and rugged, I believe He will then give me what I need to accomplish His will.

God is faithful to enable us to negotiate the rugged terrain of life.

We need not fear the mountains….

 

 

 

rugged

Through the Valley

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When I drive, I sing.

A lot.

At different times, the lyrics that I am singing resonate in my heart in a significant way.

Today, I experienced just that.

One of my favorite songs is based on the twenty-third Psalm in the Old Testament.

As I was singing along with the music in my car, these words came alive in my heart:

IF I LET MY HEART BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, I CAN SEE BEYOND THE VALLEY TO THE MOUNTAIN OF MY DREAMS.*

Of course, I have known the words from the psalm that say, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….”

Strangely, I have never considered what it might be like to look beyond the valley I’m in toward the mountain.

That higher place in my journey with God.

The truth is, there have been, and will be, many valleys to go through.

There will also be many mountains.

Mountains of my dreams.

Mountains where the desires of my heart meet the will of God in a perfect union.

If I let my heart believe that God can do anything—-

even when things don’t look very promising,

then I can let my heart believe that He can bring me through any valley I might be traveling in.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

—Psalm 23:4

*Manwell Reyes

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The Insects

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There is a specific bush in my yard that seems to attract green and yellow flies that almost look metallic.

Sleek and futuristic looking, I can imagine a fancy sports car or racing motorcycle styled from its design.

After doing some research, I found that this insect is called simply, “Long-legged Fly.”

I have read that there are approximately nine hundred thousand different kinds of insects in the world that we know about.

Nine hundred thousand!

There are many more yet to be discovered.

Psalm 50:11 reads,

I know every bird in the mountains,
    and the insects in the fields are Mine.

It wouldn’t matter if there were thirty million insects.

God would know every one.

God knows each one of us, too.

We can trust that we are always in His sight and He is divinely focused on every person, all the time…

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the insects