Details of a flower.

Have you ever really looked at a flower? The detail in the petals alone can leave me in awe that Elohim (all-powerful Creator) would go into so much detail on a flower that stands tall for a short summer season.

It does not matter what it is, who it is, or what season it is; God enjoys seeing His creation open to its purpose, especially in humankind.

Have you ever thought about what God sees when we go walk through seasons? It does not matter about family lineage or economic status; we are all going through seasons. I am not speaking of the four seasons as a period of the year that distinguishes special climate conditions. 

Nor am I talking about the rough roads of hardship or the smooth paths, no struggles; I am talking about it all; our lives.

Even though we go through difficult times, joy can be felt, and love can be seen if we look in the right direction.

Valleys are sometimes hard to walk through; the mountains on each side limit the sun from shining on the valley floor. Traveling through this valley, one would miss the sun’s warmth and maybe even feel alone. Hearing sounds and seeing things that might not be heard or seen on the mountaintop could cause one to fear that they are in a foreign place and forgotten. 

I am going through a season that has me traveling that valley, and though I would rather be on the mountaintop, I can see things that I would not be able to see otherwise, up close and personal.

I once heard a well-known worship leader say, “Sure, we can pray that the mountain will be removed (Mark 11:23), but that doesn’t build trust.”

I remember going through one of those difficult times, not understanding why a door was open to me that had me in an environment that went against everything I believed. Crying out to the Lord about it, I heard Him ask me; Do you trust me?

I said, “Yes, Lord.”

That is all HE asked me. No explanation. No word of hope on the other side. No instructions on what I was to do. He just asked me if I trusted him.

I remember walking out that season doing what I do, being who I am. As I did, I kept my thoughts solidified in my heart that GOD sees me, and I know things will work out. I didn’t know how or when, but I TRUSTED the Lord that I would get to the other side. And God did! It was miraculous how the answers, not just to my prayers but prayers of others, laid out beautifully before me.

I am not saying that the valley doesn’t have those moments when I need to re-adjust my perspective. This week I have had to walk through a couple of pickery patches; it surprised me, and with each patch of sand burs, I had moments of fear grip me. But perfect LOVE (God) quickly shadowed me, and fear had let go of my heart.

I found Matthew 10:29-31 in the contemporary language of the Message encouraging.

“What’s the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you (Georgia) down to the last detail – even numbering the hairs on (your) head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk (or symptoms). You’re worth more than a million canaries. Parentheses mine

If, or when, we experience those seasons, you know, those seasons we would rather skip; we must remember that God cares about what is occurring to us. Don’t let what is happening at the moment keep you from knowing that God pays attention to every detail of your life.

The thrill of being on the mountaintop is coming to us valley walkers because we will get to the point where we start climbing the mountainside, all the time building trust that GOD is with us.    

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