Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Climb, My Fall,My Rescue


Flying over Mt. Duida, Amazonas, Venezuela

I must reach my God! I must see His face, hear His voice. He dwells upon the mount. The mount that looms above me. I am here below, in a deep, dark chasm, a pit. Yet, I know the way to Him lies above and I must go.

The path leading up is steep and dark. Treacherous, but I must risk it, for He has placed with in my soul a need to see Him, face to face. And so, I reach upwards, searching for a hand hold. First one hand, then the other, and with stumbling feet, I try to find a path to God.

I gain a bit, a foothold here, then stretching forth my hand, I slip! Slip backward and lose my ground! Striving, grasping, but I seem to not advance at all, and yet, with the weakening of my flesh, my soul does strive still!

My very heart cries out to climb to God, but I do not seem to progress. I know He resides above and that is where I must go. There is no other place of peace. I must go! Upward, upward! Go!

At that moment, I feel the strength of my arm falter, at that very moment, I lose my grip...and fall. Down, down...I fall to the lowest place. It is as if I had not attempted the climb at all. I am filled with despair knowing I had given it my all. I can not climb to my God. There is no hope for me. I am to die and forever be here in the depths of darkness.

And as I lay there, waiting for death, broken and afraid, I hear a sound upon the path. The sound of footsteps coming down the very way I had trod. The path that led to my fall. To where I now lay dismayed. Hearing the footsteps, I feel a glimmer of hope rekindled in my soul. Upon opening my eyes, I see my God, coming down for me! He reaches out His nail scared hand for me, He lifts me up, in His strong embrace, and all my fears dissolve.

Lovingly, He carries me to the mountain top. He places me upon my feet to stand in that blessed spot. And what a view I now behold as I stand atop the Mount of God!

I feel as if sunlight is in my soul, even as I hear the thunder of a storm below. I am calm on this height where I stand beside my God, for no storm or cloud can reach me. I am under clear, blue skies that reach for all eternity. I am strong in this place! No one can harm me. I am secure, at peace with all.

This is life! This is joy! My God has found me! He lifted me up to see His face! To hear His voice!
And now, His love I know!


I John 4:19

We love him, because he first loved us.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Isaiah 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.

(These are thoughts I write down in my devotional journal. I rarely share them with anyone, but decided to do so here. The mountain pictured at the top is what was in my mind's eye.)

13 comments:

Brenda said...

Such a true thing, often our lives are difficult, and the climb is hard, but Christ sustains us.

Betty said...

Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing that!

Mrs. C said...

What a picture of Jesus walking the same path!

Pat said...

Through tears I rejoice in this truth!! What a picture of our Lord when we are in despair!

You have such a way with words, Rita. Your walk is inspiring to us..your wisdom beyond our thoughts.

You are a true servant! You strive to live and serve our Saviour , and that is encouraging!!

Thanks for giving us uplifting vision for the day!

Julie said...

Hi Rita,

Thank you for your inspiring words this Sunday morning. I appreciate you stopping by to say "hola" too! Have a blessed new year..with God leading us to the mountaintops!

Julie

WomanHonorThyself said...

ah the inspiration..ty!!!

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

Beautiful. You said it well.

DEBBIE said...

I stand with Israel also

MightyMom said...

more!! more!!....share more!!!

beeeeutiful my dear.

Tammy said...

Yes! It is all in Jesus! Without Him we can do nothing.

"I AM the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Charles said...

Another one I am printing to save.

Thanks

Pilar Stark said...

"I feel as if sunlight is in my soul, even as I hear the thunder of a storm below. I am calm on this height where I stand beside my God, for no storm or cloud can reach me. I am under clear, blue skies that reach for all eternity. I am strong in this place! No one can harm me. I am secure, at peace with all."
Love this part. Thank you so much for sharing. What a thought, what a blessing!

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