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I Lift Up My Eyes to the Mountains




This pic was taken on a hike Terry and I did last summer! It has been one of the most rewarding mountain-top experiences that I have ever had! In order to have a mountain-top adventure, I had to take that first step toward the end goal. When climbing this mountain, I began with a single movement of placing one foot in front of the other. At the base of the path, I only saw the trail in front of me. There was no breathtaking view. The trail seemed long and a bit overwhelming. However, as I carefully took each step, I began to see the scenery around me. The higher I climbed, the better my vision. Once I reached the top of the mountain, I could see for miles. The view was breathing. It was worth every effort.


That experience reminds me of my walk with the Lord. As a new believer, I took my first step on the journey into the unknown. I only saw what was directly in front of me. The longer and higher I have walked with the Lord, the better the experience. The more I walk, the more I know Him and His ways. The experience and the view become full of wonderful breathing experiences.


C.H. Surgeon Devotional from Truth for Life says it this way:


"When we first believe in Christ, we see only a little of Him. The higher we climb, the more we discover of His beauty. Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ that passes knowledge? When Paul had grown old and was sitting gray-haired and shivering in a dungeon in Rome, he was able to say with greater emphasis than we can, 'I know whom I have believed,' for each experience had been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like ascending another summit, and his death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could see the whole panorama of the faithfulness and love of Him to whom he had committed his soul. Get up, dear friend, into a high mountain."


I don't know where you are in your journey today, but may I encourage you to keep climbing? Read your Bible daily, pray often, and trust the Lord in the big things and small details of life. Lean into Him and His ways. Follow the path. I have been on this spiritual journey for over forty years, and He has never failed me.


Psalm 121 reads, "I lift up my eyes to the mountains; where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip; he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."


Keep walking. Keep moving towards the Lord. It is an uphill climb, but He is worth the effort! He is our help. He will not let your foot slip. He watches over you. It is a beautiful journey with breathtaking and soul-satisfying views along the way!





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