Tuesday, May 13, 2008

to another level

Today, we drove from Phoenix north to the lovely canyon area known as Sedona (Arizona).  In Sedona, there are massive red stone walls, mountains and buttes that surround you like Gulliver's Travel guards over Lilliputian people squeezing between their toes.  What struck me was the dramatic changes in elevation.  Phoenix lies at 1,000 feet above sea level.  The high temperature over the past few days has been in the upper 90's there.  As we moved north, the elevation climbed as well.  We didn't cross mountain ridges, the entire table of land moved to a higher plane.  By the time we reached Sedona (perhaps 100 miles above Phoenix), the elevation was 5,000 feet for the basic land level.  The massive stone outcroppings rose yet above this.  The thought I had today was that the Lord can take us to a new level in our lives.  We don't have to always go up one side of the mountain, crest and tumble down the far side.  With the presence and the opportunity for ongoing trust we have in Father, Son and Holy Spirit our lives can move upward to a whole new level (and from there we can still view the dramatic mountains of God!).  By the way, when we reached Flagstaff today, there was snow still on the ground from an early morning snowfall and the temperature is expected to drop to the 30's tonight!  We went from summer to winter in less than 4 hours!
Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
         So the LORD surrounds His people
         From this time forth and forever.
Rob Smith

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