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Topic: Mountains (09/20/04)

TITLE: There are Mountains, and There are Mountains
By Roberta Kittrell
09/25/04

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(Because Hurricane Jeanne is coming to possibly pay us a visit, Iím dashing off this bit on mountains because I have no idea as to when Iíll be back on line.)

I have experienced many of the mountains of the continental United States, clothed in the changeable seasonal wear. No matter the season, I am struck with awe. Theyíre so beautiful in their Spring dress, so peaceful in the verdant green of Summer; a kalaidoscope of color in Fall; and a stark picture of death in Winter which the Great Painter turns into beauty with fresh fallen snow and ice. In September 2002, I was blessed to be among the majestic Andes Mountains while on a mission trip in Chile. Awesome!

But there are other kinds of mountains. So often we neglect to put into practice the intent of Matthew 6:33-34:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (NKJV)

Yes, we are to be wise and prepare--such as for retirement, possible hurricanes, serious illness, and especially death. However, so many of us may waste too much time on ďwhat ifís.Ē God is the only one Who ever experiences tomorrow. The past--yesterday--is His; we can possibly learn from its experiences. The future will always be His. What is now tomorrow to us will be today when we get to it. God only gives us today.

I am trying to learn more and more to not make mountains out of molehills and not disobey Him by filling my heart and mind with worry. Rather, I hope to spend that time trusting Him and praising Him. My goal is to embrace Psalm 46:1-3 & 10-11. 9/11 did not become as much of a wake-up call to non-believers as many of us Christians hoped for. I wonder if God in His Grace is possibly using things like hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc., as a mighty wake-up call before coming to rapture His Body the Church. I donít know. I do know they are getting a lot of attention. Itís food for thought.

Roberta J. Kittrell -- copyright 2004


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L.M. Lee09/27/04
good thoughts put down in a hurry. hope you got out okay and didn't suffer any damage.
Roberta Kittrell09/27/04
Lissa, Thank you. When I returned to survey my home yesterday evening, it was had to find any sign that a hurricane had gone by, praise the Lord! However, that is not the case for the mobile home park as a whole. There is skirting torn loose, porches blown apart, sheds collapsed, trees down, and, in a few instances, portions of
aluminum roofing ripped off. But compared to many others that were so drastically affected, we were treated admirably by He Who controls the elements of weather.

I had been thinking about mountains for most of the week, and that was one of the things I wanted to have completed before I evacuated.Bobbi
Glenda Lagerstedt09/27/04
Your last paragraph mirrors my own thoughts on things, echoing the things that I ponder about all that is happening. As the song says, I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future. Glad things are okay after the storm. Lord bless you and keep you.
Norma OGrady09/28/04
Where do you live? what state.
I learn not to run away from hurricanes this year.
I live by the central gulf coast od Florida and everyone evacuated to the Orlando area and thats where the hurricanes went.
great hurried writing.
Yeshua bless
Norma
Roberta Kittrell09/28/04
Norma, we must live near each other. I live between Tampa and Brandon--in a manufactured home. After I saw how well my home survived Jeanne, I think I will not evacuate unless it looks like the hurricane is heading directly toward us from the Gulf of Mexico. Then, when I need to, I'll head over to my daughter and son-in-law's home in Brandon. Bobbi
Carol Shaffron09/28/04
We are safe under the wings of the One Who is bigger than hurricanes...thank you for testifying of God's faithfulness in protecting you and your home