Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bread for the Journey



Isaiah 54:10
For the Mountains shall depart and the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,"
Says the LORD, who has mercy on you.

We live at the foot of Mt. Cheam on the eastern end of the Fraser Valley.
Every morning when I go into my kitchen, this mountain dominates the view outside my window.
It is 7200 feet high, snow capped for 10 months of the year and is a bastion of permanence.

This verse from Isaiah caught my eye last week and I've been pondering it for awhile in light of the mountain outside my window.

In Isaiah 54 God speaks to the discouraged and despairing telling them not to fear, that their disgrace, their fear, their reproach will not last forever. God promises them that He has not forsaken them, that His wrath is not forever, but that His kindness and mercy are everlasting.

Then He uses the imagery of the mountains - these massive  landmarks, these symbols of permanence to assure them that His kindness will outlast even the mountains, His promise of peace will stand long after the mountains have crumbled.

In times of discouragement, when life is overwhelming and fear dominates,
remember that God's kindness will never depart from you;
His peace and His mercy will outlast the mountains.




8 comments:

  1. Oh that is a powerful thought, especially looking at Mt. Cheam.

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  2. A beautiful photo of Mt. Cheam! And a good reminder of God's everlasting, ever present kindness.

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  3. Beautifully written and so true. Praise God!

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  4. Beautifully written and so true. Praise God!

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  5. Although I haven't reached a permanent, personal conclusion about God (yes, I know that will disappoint many here), I am always humbled by mountains ... and by free-flowing streams and rivers.

    It is the timelessness and permanence of all such things that causes me to stop and reflect upon my difficult and challenging life, and what might lay beyond.

    Thank you for a beautiful image, and for an equally beautiful comment.

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    1. Anonymous... I appreciate your honesty. May you sense your help in challenging times come from the Maker of heaven and earth who understands our feelings and loves us all.

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  6. It must be wonderful to get up and see that sight .. would be so wonderful if their was a place for senior.s to see that daily ..instead of exhaust filled town's and cities ,,

    Mountains are so pretty one of God.s great wonder's and to be able to live in that setting

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  7. I don't envy anything too much as a rule... but I must be honest here and say how much I envy you for having such a view. Such a sight must lift the heart always.

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