I realized once again today,
that very often God uses what I call “Pictorial Lessons”
to remind me of something,
to teach me something,
to help me see things clearer or in a new perspective… etc…
I can remember times when I sat by the shore of the ocean
by myself, watching the sun rise (or set)…
Some of those times I poured out my heart to God,
and later, when I got up to leave, I felt I had been in His presence.
He had “heard my cry” as the Bible states, and I felt
Even filled with peace
The ocean… the sun rising or setting on the horizon,
the little sand birds running away from the waves
only to turn around and run towards it again….
So much like children running around, playing and laughing.
The rising & setting of the sun reminding me of the faithfulness
and steadfastness of God.
Many of us have experienced times when we were grieved or heart-broken…
It’s tempting to blame God.
But that is neither true, nor what will bring us healing or
help us to overcome and continue on…
The mountains that remind me that He is my strength..
“I love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalms 18:1-2
Hiking in the mountains and suddenly coming upon a small waterfall, a river, a lake…
It is a reminder (another “Pictorial Lesson”) for me:
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Jeremiah 31:25
Oh, Lord, sometimes I’m weary and I need your strength.
Refresh my heart;
Looking at the mountain ridges, and seeing the beautiful colors…
I’m reminded that God is the magnificent Creator
and we are His most prized creation…
“I have loved you with an everlasting love” Jeremiah 31:3
Sometimes I don’t feel so loved and appreciated, Lord;
Thank you for reminding me that You have always loved me
He has created beautiful things for us to enjoy
and to bring us joy…
“Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.” Psalm 96:6
Here are a few examples:
I find rest in You, Oh Lord.
Children . . . they always make me smile
and remind me of Your tenderness towards me.
Flowers – what a wonderful array of colors and smells –
Oh, Lord, I marvel at Your amazing attention to detail.
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth,
I pray this was of encouragement to you
as it was to me.