1. Moving in to my new apartment
3. Playing with my cat
4. Fast forward through all the seeking and just be plugged in
But... God made it abundantly clear when I was laying (not quite asleep not quite awake) three nights ago. He told me not to complain. Now, keep in mind I was not complaining at the time, so I'm pretty sure this was God being all, "I'm Omniscient" on me. He knows that I will be discouraged at some point and wallow in the negative. So, He told me instead to "Declare who [He is]."
So, instead... I have been trying to just experience Lynchburg. I been going out in the fresh air every day: hiking, smiling, meeting new people (today I met Victor and Mike!), taking LOTS of pictures, being creative with the photos later, praying, blogging, etc.
Here is what I know about God:
1. He is good.
2. He sees things in me that I cannot even begin to see.3. He knows exactly what He has for me here (even though it's hard for me to believe there is someone who knows more than me :P). This statement is so much more important than me focusing on the fact that I have no idea.
4. He is so creative. Mountains are amazing!! I love climbing to the top of one and just marveling at how many more there are and how tiny I am.
It reminds me of this:
Psalm 139For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
When I look out at the billowing mountains and realize how small I am in comparison, I am so friggin humbled. Who am I in all of creation that God took the time to plan my hair color, my freckles, my laugh (that loud noise that embarrasses me sometimes- He made that!!)? I am so small and the earth is so big and so full of people and God is so much bigger than that. And He loves me and has a plan for me and in my quietest moments- He is there. He touches my trembling heart when I am scared or lonely and He puts his hand on my shoulder when I need comfort and He speaks so directly to me when I need His peace. But, who am I?
That is why I will never tired of climbing every mountain I can- so I can belt out a few lines of the "Sound of Music" Julie Andrews and marvel in God's creation.
Tomorrow? I think I'm going to climb a mountain and draw what I see.
Just to tide you over, here are a few photos from today: