Monday, July 6, 2015

When I forget who I am..

Hiking a trail, exploring the very depths of a mountain, has to be one of my favorite things to do. I love the beauty and majesty of nature. I walk in constant awe of God as I am surrounded by each changing scene. Thick green trees, intricately designed plants and flowers, unique birds and wildlife, trickling to raging waterfalls and rivers, all displaying the depth of wonder that must fill that place! Then there is the view! You climb and climb, until you reach the spot where you look out, and its more than just seeing the majesty, you feel majesty! And it is there I wonder most at the feeling of majesty that will take over me when I finally get to fall in the presence of the designer and creator of this artwork.

This verse today brought that back for me with a new perspective.
Isaiah 51:1
51 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
    and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
    and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

I love this image of how we are made by God! I have never picked up a rock while hiking and thought, “Wow, this is the mountain!” because I am so wrapped up in the beauty of the mountain! When we see a huge boulder and the small rocks beside it we look at the boulder to tell us what is there! But there laying right around it are small pieces, made up of the very same material. And the rock tells a story to us of our image in God.
A small pebble from the side of a great mountain, is not a mountain, you don’t look at it and tingle in the majesty and power and awe of all that you behold. This is similar to how we are not in anyway comparable to God, or the majesty of God.  But we can pick that rock up and match it right along with the piece of the mountain that it came from! We see that in a very small way it tells of the characteristics of the mountain. Likewise, we are made by God, and God tells us we are made in His image!
We are cut from the same rock! Our search for truth, our desire for justice, thirst for knowledge and truth, and enjoyment of beauty, all speak back to our roots. Read the Bible and you will see Gods desire for truth and justice to be made known. Look around you and you see Gods love for beauty! Isaiah reminds us that when we are searching for truth about who we are, when we are seeking knowledge of how to live the righteous life, to be who we were made to be, we should turn to the one whom we were made in His image! When you learn how God wants you to live in life, when you follow the example He set, how God would live, when we follow - that is when we start to feel that fulfillment and satisfaction in who we are.  It is only when we turn to God as a guide to how to live our life that we find the contentment that comes from knowing who you are.

Remember as you live each moment who you truly are! 

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