Spacious Places

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Weariness.

That’s what almost everyone I talk to is facing.

We’re inundated with to-dos, to-bes and shoulds that bury us in an avalanche of not-enough-time. It’s tempting to hit the mental snooze and go through our days, weeks, months and even years with eyes only half open—too tired to even try to prioritize life.

This is what God was speaking to me up on the mountain that morning.

I was teaching at a conference and had another devotion all written and ready to go. But God said wait. He had something else for me to share.

So the three of us—Joyce, Ginger and I—hopped into the car and drove up the mountain to see the sunrise.

We stopped first at a field, about half-way up the mountain. There were lots of things to see there. And we focused on the details, but sometimes details—as beautiful as they are—aren’t enough. So God drew us up still higher. We headed up the narrow one-lane road, praying we wouldn’t meet another car. Sure enough, we did. But we navigated the difficulty and continued on.

We were almost to the summit, when the trees began to thin just enough so we could see the sun peeking through. We were close to some spectacular views. There was a small parking area in the trees, and we pulled in, tempted to take a quick walk to see if we could reach a vantage point by hiking through the trees and underbrush.

Instead we decided to push on.

A minute later, and we were at the top. There were wide vistas, where we could see the scenery below clearly, with an unimpeded view. The morning blues and pale pinks of dawn made a stunning spectacle.

Then the fog rolled in.

But God wasn’t done showing off. There was beauty that could only be seen because of the fog. It danced through the trees, reflecting the rays of the sun, bringing out starbursts of incredible color and shape.

And then, as we stayed still and waited, God once again opened up the wide vistas and the mountains rolled out before us.

Life is like that.

We can get caught up in the details of life and ignore the call to climb higher with God. The view where we are is nice, and has some truly God moments.

But we need to keep moving higher when God calls us.

Through the one-lane roads and unknown challenges.

Then we reach a dangerous part of the journey—the almost-there. It’s tempting to pull over and park, working our way upward on our own, ignoring the fact that God is still with us and still able to make amazing things happen.

When we push through, we find a spacious place with God.

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. Psalm 118:5

That place can also have clouds that roll in and fog that obscures our perspective, but just like the sun hadn’t moved, God is still there. And often it’s through the fog that God reveals hidden, beautiful treasures, for us to see and enjoy.

So going forward, don’t grow weary as you push ever upward. Join God in the spacious  places He has prepared for you.

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About the author:  Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction, or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged Edie Melson soul careaudiences across the country and around the world. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.com and on Facebook and Twitter

Edie’s latest book, Soul Care When You’re Weary, offers a solution to our busy lives and struggle for peace. Sensory involvement deepens our relationship with God and gives rest to our souls. Through thoughtful devotional readings and prayers, tap into your creative side. Warning! This book may become dog-eared and stained. Draw in it. Experiment with your creative passions. Learn the healing power of play. Allow God’s power to flow through opportunities for creative expression.

Join the conversation: Have you ever pushed through weariness and found hidden treasures that awaited you? Please share!

 

 

One thought on “Spacious Places

  1. Amen. I like the picture of the beauty in the fog. When I look back on our faith journey, and reflect on the times we could not see ahead only our present, there was beauty in the moment.

    One time, as we slept under the awning of the building we were next to, the falling snow before was so gentle and peaceful. It was beautiful to behold. Although we had spent more than a few nights outside homeless by then, the beauty of that falling snow made us forget the hard cement we were sleeping on. It was the beauty of the fog. God was letting us know that everything was alright and He was taking care of us. Great memory. 🙂 Thank you for this.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    http://www.uncompromisingfaith.ca

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