I moved to Alleghany County from Charlotte with my family four years ago this week. One of the things that I love the most about living around mountains is that they are a constant presence in your life. They impact so many aspects of the way we live, in many ways they have formed and shaped this regions culture for centuries, and you can see them almost everywhere you go. It is still easy for me to remember the contrast I felt when I first moved here, feeling that the always present and majestic mountains were so much more beautiful than the man-made towers of the city.
For me, the mountains are always a reminder of the power of God’s presence in our lives. Look to those mountains and remember that God is bigger than you can fathom. Look to the mountains and remember God’s power and strength. Look to the mountains and remember God’s ability to create new and marvelous things.
Lift your eyes yours eyes to the mountains and remember their creator, remember that His desire is for you to be in His presence. I challenge you to create space in your day to focus on God and allow yourself to feel His presence. In John 15, Jesus told his disciples to abide (make their home) in Him. Slow down, be still, and cast your cares and worries on Him.
Which is of course very easy to say or type on a blog and more difficult to do in real life.
So here is what I recommend. Find a passage from the Bible about the character of God or His promises to you (like Psalm 121 below), and read it several times. Maybe read it several times a day for a week until you start to think about it all on your own. It really is possible for God’s word and passages from scripture to float in and out of your brain instead of worry and anxiety. If you have a smartphone, put it to good use and take a look at a psalm when you open your phone. Like any thing else, staying in God’s presence is a discipline. Don’t be discouraged because it takes effort, look to the mountains and remember that the God who created them wants to be present in your life.
I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.