This year I have had the opportunity to visit my son and his family in Arizona. In my time there, sometimes I go to relax in the Jacuzzi. While I am relaxing, the mountains stand out to me. I am a native of South Carolina, and I have known mountains to be lush with greenery and vibrant in the color. All my life, I have lived around mountains of the south; and I have appreciated the richness of their daily offering. In many ways, mountains lift me up spiritually and fill my soul. When I am struggling or at peace, I am always refreshed by their presence.
In my life-long affection for the mountains, I have come to realize that they remind me constantly of God's presence, His assurance, His connection to me, and my connection to God. I too am reminded that the Bible speaks of our having faith, for example, as faith the size of a mustard seed or if we have faith enough to move a mountain. I believe, that great works of God require small works of faith on our behalf.
When I view the mountains in Arizona, there comes to me a spiritual feeling of closeness to God. Too, what I see is that I need to have the faith that can move a mountain if I want God to work on my behalf. It is not so much for me that I actually can move the mountain but more so that I know God could and would if I have the faith required. I am certain that God only works when we find within our souls that we trust God more than anyone or anything. I am certain in my soul that God fully requires this factor, or we will wait or never have our desires met. I choose personally to view the mountain as a challenge for my soul to find the faith within to invite God to be my ally in daily life.
The mountains in Arizona hold a special warmth for my spirit than I have not known before. It is as if I melt in my soul when I look at the peaks and soft colors that change with every move of the sun and clouds. I find that if I stop momentarily and am able to remain still in the moments I view the lovely gift of God in the form of the mountains, I find a richness in my spirit I have not recognized before. There is a glow for me personally that pervades from the multi-colored rocky, cactus-filled, surfaces. There is a spiritual fulfillment in these western masterpieces for me personally. I look forward now each time I visit Arizona to the time I have to view the mountains. I particularly note the mountains when I relax in the Jacuzzi and when I am out taking a walk. For me, these mountains remind me of my faith and the portion I choose, my connection to God, and His working in my life. I know in reality that the sun will come up and shine on the mountains and their beauty will be as certain as God, His presence in my life, and the amount of faith required of me for God to perform His wonders. Furthermore, I am reminded that the mountains are only a grain of sand in the universe of God’s creation. Yet for me, they are a solid base of my knowledge of God in a very personal way. I am reminded of myself that faith, God, the mountain, and my soul’s currency require that I am mindful and thankful for all.©
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