God speaks to my heart whenever I can get away--and through nature, he never fails to restore my soul. These pictures are some I took along with my thoughts as Tracie, Judy, Merrill and I were in Washington.
Surviving. Sometimes, just making it through can be an incredible victory. We hang on to soil that’s parched and shifting in wont of water—but still turn our face to God. Those who have stood alongside us fall—either because they don’t have deep enough roots to ground them in a shifting world or because God’s mighty hand tips them into eternity.
Thriving. Thriving is a choice. Living Water is at hand, but we have to go to the Source. We drink deeply, then lift our eyes to witness the evidence of God’s magnificence and power. Even in the most humble moments, the choice is ours—to find evidence of withering dreams or flourishing hope.
The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by the shadows even the ordinary things in life brings, find someone.
Spend time together.
Tell them your “secret” that isn’t really a secret at all. Being tested and tried is part of life.
Enduring it alone isn’t God’s plan. He calls us to be close to our Christian family. Support, encouragement, safety and strength all come when we come together.
The Psalms are full of David’s honesty, flowing with his sadness, times of being overwhelmed, and of his victory and praise. Human nature hasn’t changed. We all stand on common ground. Some of the people you know are on the mountaintop of life. Others limp across the shadowed valley. Those who are at the extremes stand out. But most of life is somewhere in between, and as believers we’re all on the path. It is certainly the less traveled path… and far more beautiful.