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The Lessons of the Mountain


Guyla Armstrong


By Guyla Armstrong                                                                       


I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?


The morning light breaks over the mountains in the distance, lighting the fog settled in the valleys between.  The earth is peaceful, quiet.  For a moment life seems simple; priorities are easy to define.  Even with the fog, life is clearer from the top of a mountain.  The busyness of the world can be set aside when there are forests and rivers at your feet.   


Majestic.  Powerful.  Strong.  Enduring.  Ever changing and ever the same.  At the top of the mountain, time has no power to demand servitude; there is space for reflection and wonder.  The mountain nourishes me.  Its ageless beauty speaks to my soul.  I meditate on the matchless beauty of creation, and I am renewed. 


Soon my obligations will call me away.  I know in days to come I will think of the mountain.  I will recall the glory of this beautiful morning and remember that the mountain stands as a reminder of things larger than I.  My help doesn’t come from the mountain but from the God who created the mountain.  He is big enough – and He cares enough.  I will trust Him.  With the faithful of the ages, I will again say …


I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalms 121:1-2, NLT)!


Guyla Armstrong works at Assemblies of God World Missions.  She is the administrative coordinator for David Lee, Director of U.S. Relations.


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