The cabin where we stayed is known for its wildlife. There is a wide picture window in the kitchen equipped with a counter and four chairs. We ate every meal right there in hopes God would bless us with more of His creation.
Before we left, I prayed for God to reveal an owl to me. I have never seen one in its natural habitat.
One morning I awoke before His sun. I turned on the yard light to aid my spying. There was what I think was a baby owl out for some exercise, flapping his young wings like crazy then settling behind one of the rocks at the fire pit.
Those of you who know the woods are probably thinking it was a bat. I thought so, too, except this little guy’s wings were white and dark grey. When his frolic was over, he flew straight up to one the trees that lined the yard. Silent in his ascent, living out his given purpose.
I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me (Proverbs 8:17).
It is a gift … seeking God in the every day, in ordinary conversations, in sunlight, in my son’s boy-man hugs, in the way my husband’s lips meet mine, in the whispers of His wind, in the stretching beyond the familiar … in brave exploration of the mystery of Our Almighty Lord.
Just the very process of seeking Him leads us deeper into the fullness of Him.
I want them [you] to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them [you] to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself. In Him, lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:2-3 NLT).
I was nothing short of fascinated with His forest, though I didn’t venture into any of its openings behind the cabin. As much as my flesh wanted to follow wildlife into the shadows, Holy Spirit reminded me I was a visitor given a God-ordained privilege to stand witness of His creation.
“And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so (Genesis 1:30 ESV).
A turkey humble in its gobbling made his way across the yard then without warning disappeared into the woods:
We saw many deer in the distance throughout our time. Though God did not make them ferocious, He made them fast, swiftly moving in and out of sight, protecting their young, capitalizing on unattended food sources.
This guy had the yard to himself one morning before 6am. Though a glass window lay between us, my soul stilled to receive heaven’s gift. There was compassion in his eyes, grace in his movement.
I sensed a Christ-like strength upholding him, motivating him. This creature seemed at perfect peace unaffected by the possibility of bear, perhaps because he is completely confident in how God designed him … with light, fast feet and a long stride enabling him to leap successfully away from danger.
I wonder how much further His Kingdom would grow if we lived each day in Christ’s strength and complete confidence in how He created us.
And don’t we have everything we need to leap successfully away from our enemy?
Hope in He who holds our future.
Heaven’s wisdom guiding us to be humble AND strong as opposed to pride-full and overbearing.
The power of His light to overcome darkness.
His transforming truth about who we are and most importantly about who He is, was, and always will be.
Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you. For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord. For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being (Job 12:7-10 NLT).
Readers, thank you so much for all your comments on the first Mountain Vacation post. It was such a pleasure to share testimony of His faithfulness with you. Isn’t it amazing how He unites us around His marvelous works?
This post represents much (but not all) of my early morning reflections as I spent time with God and His beings. I welcome your thoughts here, too. Feel free to comment on the blog or email me at email@example.com.
What is incredibly precious to me is that my husband and I agree we will eventually move to the mountains. We don’t know when or where, but yes to mountains!
In part 3, I will tell how God drew us together as a family in the midst of our humble adventures. I will share lots of family pics in the next post 🙂
For those who are seeking God, more of Him, you are invited to join me as I continue to lead a class on Deepening Our Love for Him for the next 3 weeks. You can join Tuesday nights at 6:30p Eastern time (I just need your email address) OR you can find me leading this class Thursday mornings at 10am Eastern time at https://Facebook.com/jdibble4Him.
God is with us. God is in us. God is for us.
Have a beauty-full rest of this given day.
Love in Christ,