Our Lord on High spoke to Job, quid pro quo if you will. These questions asked of Job are asked of us today:
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-
while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4-7).
Perhaps because I was studying God’s sovereignty or perhaps because He answered my prayer for clear hiking weather … I began Jason’s and my hike with a heart turned toward heaven.
At the trail head, Jason and I had little idea of how many rocks we would climb/stagger upon to get to the flat one, the precious one.
The path, much like the narrow one of faith, looked clear initially. Peace-fully walking in tow behind my husband, listening to His birds. It seemed at once birdsong faded into the background. His quiet surrounded me, enveloped me.
Yes, Lord, even though my legs are moving, my whole being is still before You, my God who will be exalted among nations and all the earth (Psalm 46:10).
Parts of the trail in the first mile or so are laid out so nicely. Both rock and wood to keep our path straight. The tree you see here was not the only one we had to scale. I believe I heard my husband mutter something about Indiana Jones 🙂
Jason also mentioned the dust. It was sort of odd to see such softness in the heart of His woods.
It was such a powerful reminder of how Our Creator breathed life into Adam’s nostrils made from dust. So, it might be “just dust” to us. To Him, it is one Way He gives life.
As we began our ascent, we could not escape rocks, except of we chose to go into the brush. For a few muddy patches, we did just that.
Yet, God was teaching me as I bowed my head and put my legs to work. No matter if we see rocks or not, He is the foundation on which my husband and I have chosen to build our life, our marriage.
Choosing Jesus is choosing Him as cornerstone.
He is our Rock, The Cornerstone.
Without the literal stone at the corner of a building, your foundation will crumble.
I do not want to think of my life, of ours, without Jesus.
Though we staggered and slightly stumbled up this mountain, we did not fall, not once.
The Cornerstone calls you to an unchanging, unshakeable ground. It is the safest place on earth … physically, emotionally, spiritually. Jesus Himself will replace any faulty belief systems keeping you trapped.
He is the Cornerstone.
Put your feet on Him as He will make your path straight, be your Light and your Hope, your strength, your safety, your salvation, your sweet, sweet freedom.
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says,
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic” (Isaiah 28:16).
There is peace in knowing Jesus completes your life. He is THE precious, living stone who protects, saves, and revives.
Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 63:7).
Bubbling up out of my heart, a song was set free time to time. Not loud as I would in my kitchen or car, but to Him with joy in my step.
It’s Jeremy Camp, “Don’t Want to Miss What He has for me”
We just kept moving, one foot in front of the other. Much the same we must do in this race of faith. There was no one around when we reached the pinnacle, the Flat Rock:
The view was incredible. We took some time to rest, snack, and take it all in.
Below us were farm lands, we could see highways that looked like tiny roads on a train display. Mountains were on the other side, meeting His sky.
Before long, God drew our eyes up.
A bird He created flying higher, not by its own wing power, but in the breath of His wind.
Jason pondered, “I wonder if they do that for fun.”
At that moment, my heart collapsed in thanks.
Oh that You would give joy to Your birds, and to us! Lord, how I love You. How I thank You for giving Jason and me this hike in Your kingdom. Yes, Lord, I believe Your kingdom is here, coming to earth, moving among us. Lord, multiply Your power among Your people. Save more each day, Lord. That You saved me, that You saved my marriage, that You continue to pour out. May my love grow for You, Jesus.
On the way down the mountain, Jason and I encountered other hikers with their dogs. Yes, someday we will have a dog. I will have a pal to hike with me when my husband is working.
There is temptation for me to feel envy.
To be content with what He has given me is an understatement. And how He goes before me, hems behind and surrounds me.
That I know, trust, love, and hope in He who will be with me until the end of the age.
But today, right now, Our Sovereign God cares about every detail of your life, of your body, every care of your heart.
Jason spied a frog, hidden in his surroundings. It was a powerful moment for me. One that didn’t come fully upon me until I wrote this.
My husband called me over, knowing my love for nature, my desire to take pictures of His creatures. Jason was not going to let me pass by, nor was God. Such honor of the identity God has given me.
I had trouble seeing the little guy.
When my eyes opened to discern his little face, I could imagine Our Magnificent, Holy God, deciding our world needing frogs. Perhaps, He just then put one in our path, right next to a rock.
Though we were not with God when He laid the earth’s foundation and its precious cornerstone … let us not forget to grow our awe for the One who prepared this beautiful life for us as the “morning stars sang and all the angels shouted for joy” and who can change anything, even dust.
Thank you for joining me here today! I took an unplanned (even to me) break the past week or so from blogging, as I have been busy listening for His direction for the class He has chosen me to lead.
I welcome your thoughts about today’s post.
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All photos are mine from our hike. The last photo is from Pleasant View Farm Bed and Breakfast where we stayed last night. Date day and night to refrech our love for each other. You can find more info about this inn here: pleasantviewfarmbb.com
Be strong in Him, not yourselves.
Love in Christ,