It rained again last night—a gentle rain from heaven, watering the earth, bringing new life, renewal, and freshness to surrounding mountains and valleys.
Morning after morning, I have stood and gazed at the majestic panoramic view of the Appalachian Mountains where I now live.
We moved here four years ago in the middle of a snowstorm…from beautiful and peaceful jewel of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, to one of the highest peaks of the mountains in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia!
I figure this is about the highest altitude I will ever live on this side of heaven!
With this scenic backdrop of the mountains, I take my morning walk in my back yard. I smile as I Zigzag walk back and forth on the steep, sloping ground.
No wonder they say cows have one leg shorter than the other as they graze here on the mountaintops!
It is no small thing to learn to walk this way…especially if you were born a flat lander in the Deep South.
I walk and I listen to the quiet of the mountaintop. Sometimes I hear a song within my heart—other times a certain scripture passage.
“The Heavens declare the Glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech, and night-to-night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” (Psalm 19: 1-6).
I walk in the sight of my Creator God. I listen to the voice of my Lord. I sing In the presence of my Savior—and gratefully grow in the knowledge of His Love.
This great Love, who sends rain from heaven—
watering my soul,
bringing new life,
as new day begins.
Wherever you are; oceanside, flat lands, valley, or mountain top, may your day be touched with the fresh rain of grace from heaven.
By Grace alone,