The Mountain Views of Isaiah 40

Monday, May 02, 2011 Posted by Katie

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Afraid of heights? You betcha. I’m terrified of heights. I can barely climb the pull-down stairs to the attic without trembling. Perhaps, then, it’s not so surprising to learn that I am equally afraid of living on “the edge”. But that’s just where I’m at. Several months ago, my husband and I prayerfully made some decisions for the betterment of our family. Those decisions called for us to take a big step of faith…right out to the edge.

While we still stand firmly behind our decisions, at times I find myself trembling if I peer over the edge into the vast crevasse below. My vivid imagination can easily envision the rippling effects a fall would have on the life of my family. If I look over the edge, I go weak in the knees and begin to feel faint. The edge has been a challenge for me.

Maybe you’re living on the edge right now. If so, hi there! Welcome! I have a few words of advice for you:

1) For goodness sakes, don’t look down! That’ll do nothing but fill your heart with fear and get you focusing on scary, negative things and that’s never good (Philippians 4:8,9).

2) Remember to worship. Do what works for you, but I enjoy old hymns, like “My Hope is Built” by Edward Mote (1836). It has a catchy refrain: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand…”

3) Once you are confident of your firm footing (see #2), take a deep breath, raise your head and look around. Prepare yourself to take in the extraordinary. Or didn’t anyone tell you the best part about the edge? Why, it has the most spectacular views of God’s glory!

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31

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