Let your loving-kindness, O LORD, be upon us, as we have put our trust in You. Psalm 33:22
The mountains are beautiful. I think that there was particular joy in watching Emily, Chuyi’s mom enjoys the sunlit towering pines for the first time. The freshness, the scrambling birds, the little fish-filled stream were so beyond her expectations as she nestled down into the curtain-drapy cushion thing Nicole had arranged for her. Things are pretty dry and crusty as one starts heading up the Catalina Highway. There is no way to know what lies beyond all of those curvy roads.
And I was pretty fussy as Nicole urged me down down down some of those hills. Because I knew that they involved correlating and quite daunting uphills. And she kept laughing about the beautiful views while I sort of grumbled. But you know, of course, the uphills were not that scary, once I started. Which yet again is a true reminder of the futility of worry and fear. They both only suck the joy out of the moment. Of the bright blue skies overlooking glowing cliffs in all directions. And whatever the future brings, it is outside of our imagination. That is His promise. Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything. And don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
Maybe that is why God says over and over, in every possible voice and circumstance: Fear not, for I the LORD am with you.