LEAD ME TO THE ROCK
This week’s free iphone wallpaper download is from one of my favorite verses,
“I call to you from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength, lead me to a rock that is high above me.” – Psalm 61:2
I was hiking in North Carolina this December, and the cold, wet fog was hugging the dead trees so tightly that it was hard to see anything ahead. As I climbed higher on the damp path, the chill of the air was sharper and the wind whistled with more intensity when I stepped out onto the edge of Whiteside Mountain.
There was a 3,000 foot cliff and only a few cables separating me from the edge. I just stood there for a minute and soaked up the freshness of the wind and the stillness of the world below. Sometimes this is exactly where God leads us. A mountain top without a view. A cliff edge with just enough guidance to keep us from falling. A hike through the woods where our only instructions are to follow closely behind, one foot in front of the other.
God promises His presence. When we are weak and without strength, often all we have energy to do is call out for help and for rescue. To pick up our feet and follow. And sometimes that rescuing and redeeming looks a lot like the peak of Whiteside Mountain. A high and gorgeous plataeu surrounded by fog. Making progress, a place to rest, and knowing that you’re safe, cared for deeply, not alone.
I also went to Yosemite this summer. The view from Glacier Point as the sun peaked over Half Dome and caught the granite mountainsides on fire with the soft golden tones of the sun was wildly different from the view at Whiteside Mountain.
I had clarity. And, the whole valley was glistening with the freshness of dawn. Both moments were equally necessary. God does love to wow us with the gorgeous, golden rays of his love, but sometimes He just wants our hearts. Even in the midst of the fog. Our eyes locked on Him in surrender, and the willingness to go anywhere He calls us. That’s my prayer for y’all. That God would lead you to a place where you can know Him all the more beautifully – all the more fully.
When we pray to be lead to a higher rock, whether it’s more like Yosemite or Whiteside, we can know that His promises are loyal. Our God is with us.
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