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The Mountains Are His

April 20, 2015

“My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do…The mountains are His, the rivers are His, the stars are His handiwork, too. My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do.”

I woke up this morning with this song in my head, and I have to admit that for the first time in my life, the words actually meant something. Oh, sure, I sang this song with gusto as a child in Sunday School and then at Vacation Bible School every summer. I loved the motions, stretching out my arms as wide as I could, and then moving in to the flexing position as we talked about God’s bigness and mighty power. My favorite part was the stars – there was something about flinging my hands open into the space around me, pretending to flick stars into existence, as if somehow, I was taking part in God’s handiwork…the stars were MY handiwork, too.

I sang about mountains, and rivers, and the ability of God to do the impossible. But somehow, those words didn’t mean very much…until I moved to the middle of the French Alps.

View from Bedroom

Yesterday, I was spending time with Jesus, reading my Bible, occasionally glancing out my window and contemplating the mountains that surround our little town. My eyes often travel to the top – to the utmost peaks – of these giant formations, and I marvel at how high they are, how unknowable, how unexplored they are. How even the tip top peak, if placed at ground level, would still rise high above our little world down here. And then, continuing reading, I landed on Psalm 94:5 "The deep places of the earth are in His hand. And the tops of the mountains belong to Him.” (New Life Version)

“The deep places of the earth.” The floor of the ocean, which lies hundreds of feet below the surface of the water. The darkest, deepest caves, unexplored, and unknown. The profundity of the human heart, in its feeling, its suffering, its longing. The depths of the earth are in His hand. And not only the depths, but the highest heights, too. Basically, all the places that are mostly unknowable for us are completely seen, known, and held by Him. Selah.

God is showing me that these unseen (to me) places include Africa, include the future. They include my concerns about my children’s health in a place where (not being in the town we originally planned) we now don’t necessarily have an open door to medical care. My worries about my older kids having friends their age, and then the slightly choking feeling I get when I think beyond that to…gasp…college. There are plenty of other little worrisome tidbits as well, like the need to bring enough underwear to last 3 years…for 5 growing children. The cares and anxieties could easily overwhelm me.

But then I remember that Psalms 139 says He is intimately familiar with every detail of my life, from my rising and my sitting to the words on the tip of my tongue that I haven’t said yet. I don’t have to have answers to all of my questions or solutions to all of my challenges. I just need to know that the deepest places and the tops of seemingly unsurmountable obstacles belong to Him and are known by Him, just as I am held and known by Him.

“My God is so great, so strong and so mighty…” My prayer for us in this season is that we would finish well here in France with our language studies, and that, with our upcoming transition to an even greater unknown, we would trust in and rely on the bigness of our God to care for us and to sustain us. After all, in the words of another well-known children’s song, He really does have the whole world in His hands.

- Erin, Feild Team Member

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