Saturday, August 26, 2017

Holiday Mountain Misadventures

Mick and Marijo's Memorial Day Mountain Mishap..subtitle Do the Angels Get Paid Overtime for Working Mountain Duty on a Holiday?

We are off for a much needed hike. Four-bying in the 39 Mile Mountain area, pretty far from any civilization. 

The mountains are awesome, some still snow covered. Some covered with freeze dried tundra, spring and the greening up is late this year. 

We park and Mick points to a straight up area topped by several rock formations. I looked at him with raised eyebrows. He is the mountain goat, I keep up on regular hikes and climbs but he usually does the straight up ones by himself. 

He says, "it will be a short hike but we will get some good cardio exercise" Then he mentioned that right then we are at about 10,000 feet elevation. 

You know what they say about hindsight.
We are going higher and higher on the frozen tundra, grass covered with rocks: pointy, some shale and anywhere from two inch ones to huge. The rocks are mostly only five to six inchers. 

Most of the time, we are going straight up. Hiking sticks helped a bunch. 

Mick is telling me that pretty soon it would level out and, "can you make it to that tree which is laying down?" 

I think the tree is standing up, it is about the terrain we are on. 

Somewhere in there, with the wind blowing so hard that the foot to two foot high wheat colored grasses are laying almost flat out against the soil, I tell him I would wait and he can take the pistol and go on.

He wants to show me a cave he has discovered before. I am dizzy and not sure what was going on, guessing it was the now probably over 11,000 foot altitude. I am hungry or sick and, frankly, griping which is unusual. 

He says, "oh, come on, you can do it". 

About that time I tell him he'd missed his calling and would have made a really good motivator or else a used car salesman.

We finally get to the cave. I pass it to sit on a hillside. It is a little rock outcropping and straight down are about 30 feet of the five to six inchers, solid rock pile. 

The surrounding area is gorgeous some treed, aspens just starting to bud out, evergreens, grassy places. We can see no homes or cars or dogs or people, just blue skies and puffy white clouds. 

The wind gets colder, with quite a bite to it. Pretty soon I decide to go down to where Mick is enthralled with the guano. I wonder, is it bat or pack rat? It is all over the inside of the rock shelter cave. 

I stumble getting up and my walking stick caught me before I pitched over head first into the rock pile. 

Shortly after that we begin to pick our way down the mountainside. Mick is staying close in front of me for my safety. The wind is so bad that the dust and dried grass he kicks up is going into my eyes, in spite of the prescription sun glasses. I ask him to go ahead and say I'll follow farther behind. 

We can see the truck at the bottom and it is the tiniest little Tacoma I have ever seen. I am still a bit dizzy. 

Next thing I know my foot hits a rock and I slip, crying out, landing on both knees with glasses flying one way and the walking stick another. Then I begin to roll. I roll over twice and am thinking if I don't stop it will be all over. I will roll over the mountain/rocks etc. Mick is running back to me and gets there just when I stop. 

"Are you hurt, are you ok, can you move?" 

I am crying and not sure what I am or am not at that point. I move my legs, my knees are very sore but I can move. My elbow hurts and my hand is bleeding but basically I am ok. 

Then Mick begins the guy thing "I can never take you hiking again. You need to make sure one foot is solid before you move the other. You need to watch where you put your foot. I can't carry you down this mountain.. can you walk?" 

We made it back to the truck, it takes a long time too, before we drive off. He sees another four-by road and we go down it. 

Pretty soon Mick is saying, "Are you done hiking for the day?"

At that point he finds himself wearing my hiking stick neatly wrapped around his neck. 

I am asking the Lord if the angels get hazardous duty pay or at least overtime for mountain duty on Memorial Day. AND I am thanking and thanking Him that the glasses aren't broken and neither am I.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Something to Seek the Lord About.

The sun will be turned to darkness ... before the great and awe-inspiring day of the Lord comes" (Joel 2:31).
A few years ago, I was teaching through the book of Joel when the ancient words of his prophecy came up off the page. I knew with hair-raising certainty that God's severe judgment was coming on America! I have taught Joel several times since. Each time has served to confirm with deep conviction that God is warning America of impending disaster and destruction.
In light of Ezekiel 33:1-6 that commands a watchman to be faithful to warn others of the danger coming against the land, I feel compelled to issue the warning once again. The warning is triggered by the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, nicknamed "America's Eclipse." For the first time in almost 100 years, a total solar eclipse will be seen from coast to coast in our nation. People are preparing to mark this significant event with viewing parties at exclusive prime sites. The celebratory nature regarding the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar, who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed.
Jewish rabbis have historically viewed solar eclipses as warnings from God to Gentile nations. Therefore, my perspective on the upcoming phenomenon is not celebratory. While no one can know for sure if judgment is coming on America, it does seem that God is signaling us about something. Time will tell what that something is.
Please view the following video posted by Australian pastor Steve Cioccolanti. Pastor Steve articulates the warning in a very clear, undeniable, yet undogmatic way based on his understanding of biblical truth.
Please be assured that balancing God's warning is His plea for us to return to Him and rend our hearts in sincere, heartfelt repentance. I can almost hear the tears in Joel's voice as he pleads for us to repent and return to God, because "Who knows? He might turn aside and relent, and He might leave behind a blessing" (Joel 2:14a).
Regardless of whether or not the conjecture regarding America's eclipse is accurate, we know our nation and our world is in turmoil. Without doubt, this is the time for God's people to get right with God. To repent of our own sin. To share the gospel with our neighbors. And to pray that in the midst of His coming wrath, God would remember mercy (Hab. 3:2).
Anne Graham Lotzsecond child of Billy and Ruth Graham, is the founder of AnGeL Ministries and chairman for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. She has authored 15 books, including her latest, The Daniel Prayer.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friends in High Places

Humble and lowly, we need to focus on what and who we are and what Jesus calls us to be to have “friends in high places”. What better promise could there be. We don’t need to be superwoman (or man) 
We don’t need to strive or fuss and fume. We need to turn loose and allow our Jesus to make us more like Him. He is with us always. He is our strong tower. He will never vary in His support for us, always being there on our behalf, always, not if we are the winner, although we often are because we are on His team. It isn’t all about US, it is all about Him. We are weak but He is strong.

(Isaiah 57:15) "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." KJV

We don’t have to wrestle or manhandle or take anything into our own hands to do with our own strength. This gives us a whole new snapshot of “let go and let God….”, doesn’t it?

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus, please help us to internalize the fact that we need to allow You to be strong on our behalf, that it is OK to be lacking and weak because that is when we can see you in all your majesty arise strong on our behalf. Thanks You Lord Jesus! AMEN