At (what I think was) the top of Manastash Ridge, I sat down on the side of the trail to spend some much needed time with my God. The Ellensburg winds blow the branches of the tall cedars surrounding me. In the distance I can see the snow covered peaks of the Cascades. Clouds are scattered across a canvas of blue sky. The occasional note of a songbird rings out from it's hiding place in the evergreens. It's amazing to think that my God made all of this.
Every mountainside, every hilltop, every tree, every bird, every rock, every every blade of grass, was made by my God with just His words. How could you even argue that this was the work of an accidental occurrence? But that's a post for another time.
The past few weeks have really been a challenge for me. I've struggled with temptation, anxiety, stress, impatience, doubt, and bitterness. Quite the list right? Let's just go ahead and call it all sin. I don't know what it is but things have just been kind of out of place. My quiet times held little to no meaning or significance. I was just reading my bible to check off the little box in the app on my iPhone. My prayer life was pretty much non-existent. I wasn't talking to God. I wasn't spending real time with Him. I wasn't building up my relationship with Him. I had put my Lord and Savior on the shelf.
Yesterday things changed. I skipped my first class (not important anyways) and went to have coffee with one of the professors from Central (he also just happens to lead the bible study I attend). That conversation really reminded me of just the ability of God to reel you back in after you've started to stray from the path. No matter how much you stray from Him, go your own way, and remove all the conviction of sin, He will always be waiting with open arms for you to run back to Him.
I really do feel like Moses as I'm writing this. I'm on a "mountain", communing with the Almighty God, reading His word and talking to Him. How much more like Moses could you get? Well maybe I would have to go kill an Egyptian (Exodus 2:12) and have a long beard...but that's really besides the point.
My reading plan had me reading through the last chapter of Philippians today and I have to say God really rocked me with those 23 verses. Chapter 4 verse 6 had me remembering to not be anxious about anything but in everything pray and be thankful letting my request be known to God. Verse 8 reminded me to not dwell on my sin but instead think of everything that is good and holy.
God used the letter that Paul wrote to Philippi to encourage me today. Are you listening to what God is telling you? Spend some time in the mountains and enjoy His creation. Spend time with Him.