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Topic: Mountains (09/20/04)
TITLE: There are Mountains, and There are Mountains
By Roberta Kittrell
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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