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Reaching for higher ground

Posted: November 14, 2013 - 4:38pm  |  Updated: November 15, 2013 - 9:11am

Don’t you just love the first snows of winter? Just watching the first white flakes floating down from the sky is so refreshing.

The first snows are so awesome; it brings the young kid out of my 62-year-old bones. I watched for a long while last Sunday as the rains turned to snow, and then went back to what I was doing. Then I stopped and went back to the window and watched again as though thinking, “Was it really snowing or was I just imagining it earlier.” Then, a couple of hours later, I realized, “I’ve become obsessed with just watching the snow build up on the ground below. It looks so clean and white. It looks like I feel, ‘All my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus and I am white as snow.’”

It seemed like summer went by so fast this year around our house. Time just seemed to spin by us so fast. I find myself actually looking forward to winter toward the end of summer in order to help me slow myself down. Summer time I just try to pack so much in a day, in a week even in a month.

We really need to slow ourselves down, no; we really have to slow down from the busy, busy world around us. The world today is so fashioned to whirling by, speeding things up. I find I have to turn off the TV at times because the commercials are so packed with trying to get as much as they can in the thirty minute commercials.

Years ago, in the sixties, we called the speeding things up process being part of “The Jet Age.” Then we went through “The Rocket Age.” Now we must be in “The speed of light Age” or faster!

Life is too short to just keep ourselves so busy that we miss all the important things in life. I found myself pausing during the pouring rain the other day, just watching the heavy rain splatter the rain puddles, soaking up through the lawn, pattering on the window and running off the metal roof overhead like a small waterfall. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I AM God.” Psalm 46:10

Yes, Lord, help us to be still and know that you are God.

We have all been still, stopped, paused in our tracks and listened. That’s what being still is all about. Being silent for just a moment and listening to the stillness.

A few nights ago, I stepped out around three o’clock a.m. One of our dogs began barking and wouldn’t stop, so thinking she needed to go outside, I stepped outside with her. As I stood there waiting for Ginger, I looked up at the star sprinkled sky above and behold, there were the Northern Lights twisting across the sky from north to south. What a magnificent sight, the streaming tail of the Northern Lights overhead. As I gazed at it’s beauty, the Northern Lights began to pulsate. You’ve all seen the Northern Lights pulsate haven’t you? What a wondrous sight and feeling, like the language of angels blinking across the universe in unison. I could stand and gaze for hours, only my neck gets too stiff and it’s usually very cold outside when the Lights are out.

At the end of summer this year, I went on a retreat. It was late September and the busy summer was waning. The leaves were beginning to fall on the Solid Rock Bible Camp grounds and the fall rains were frequent throughout the retreat. It was a good time to be still and know that God is God. One of the great things I brought back with me from the retreat was a renewal of my spirit with the Holy Spirit. One of the speakers spoke on worship. He said,” Remember this one thing if your forget everything else in the retreat: Worship God number one, Love others around you as number two and use things in life as number three. Don’t allow yourself to get these three things out of order.” The retreat was an ACTS retreat, well worth the three and a half days away from my busy world. I think we all need to have a retreat at least once a year so that we can be still and know that God is God.

When the busyness of life starts to knock you down, run you over and leave you by the side of the road to die, it’s time to look for higher ground.

When the rivers begin to rise, when you feel like you are being swept away in the turbulent current of things happening too fast around you, look for higher ground.

Do yourself a big favor friend. Turn off the electricity in your house for an hour this Sunday. Turn off the lights and just sit and thank God for all you have. Begin to realize all that you have, even if you think you have only a little. Think about this, if you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and dry clothes on your back, you have more than most people in this world.

Worship God in the stillness, in the beauty of your silence. Worship God in the secret place in your life. God created us just for that moment, to be alone with Him so that we could know that He is God.

Find a quiet place near you and let Jesus be your higher ground friends. He is our higher ground. He will keep us out of the turbulent waters of this world and calm our storms with just the wave of his mighty hand over our raging seas.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life in these times we are now living in. Taste and see the goodness of our Lord, the righteousness of our Lord. Delight yourself, submerge yourself in the Lord’s goodness brothers and sisters, and He will raise you up, He will give you the desires of your heart.

“What a man thinks in his heart, so shall he be.” Proverbs 23:7

 

Mark Conway is a Christian evangelist living in Sterling with wife Maryna. They host a summer Christian Retreat Center and house of prayer. You can reach them at their website at alaskaflyfishingadventures.net or mail them at PO Box 2441, Soldotna, AK 99669.

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