I had mounds of papers needing to be burned: old tax stuff, bank receipts, bills, etc. Finally, on Friday I did it and the mountain of papers burned down to a small layer of ashes. God is able to do that with the mountains of the world and the mountains in our personal lives as well. This past week in the US we had quite the shaking of mountains.


Whenever mountains come down there is a shaking, a rumbling, smoke, fire and water. In the aftermath, all are agitated; some aggravated, some elated. Only the Lord can maneuver us through it. He gives us comfort in the aftermath of a great fall:


“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”


Whenever you read the word “selah” it means, “pause a minute and really think about what I just said.”


King David prayed, “Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke” (Psalm 144:6).


Isaiah prayed, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and that you would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at your presence. As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil—to make your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence!” (Isaiah 64:1-3)


Many things will change in the US, but God does not change. It is our job here in the States to listen to our hearts, follow the urging of the Holy Spirit and do what the Lord tells us to do, no matter what (even if it’s different from what our other Christian friends are doing!). In other countries, it’s your job to pray for us here and do the same thing: follow the urgings of the Holy Spirit in all things.


Remember that God sees way beyond what we see. Be kind to each other. It just could be that God had His reasons for having some people vote one way and others another way. (OMG! . . . and He didn’t consult with us first?!) God isn’t nearly as restrictive and narrow-minded as we are sometimes.


We can be refreshed and thrilled when we read some of the Old Testament and see how merciful and kind and forgiving God can be after He’s thrown down His fire. The majesty, power and kindness of our God is astounding.

Love, Carolyn

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