Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful for the Mystery of God

Sand Harbor at Incline Village, NV

Can you discover the depths of God? 

Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? 

Job 11:7 NASB

We moved to Nevada nearly a year and a half ago now, and quickly I adopted Lake Tahoe as my favorite place in the whole wide world.  At first I loved the North shore for the ease of access to the water and the picturesque view across to the opposite side.  I quickly discovered the beauty of the South shore too.  The vast number of restaurants kept us well-fed, and the shallow beaches made it seem like a perfect haven for my daughter to safely swim. I also fell in love with Emerald Bay and it's mysteriously brilliant green waters.  We would often have to drive right on through because it was hard to find parking in such a beautiful area, but when we could stop and snap a photo, we always would.

Then, this past weekend, a year and a half later, we finally made our way to Sand Harbor.  Oh my goodness.  I felt like I was meeting a celebrity.  For a year I'd been seeing post cards and photos of Lake Tahoe and many of the images were taken from a shore which had these flat, grayish-tan PERFECT rocks.  The blue lake water would compliment the neutral and graceful appearance of the rocky shore.  I wondered, "From where is this taken?  How have I never found this place?"

Finally, here it was in front of me.  I was star-struck...I was entranced by the dominant power of the rocks as I didn't realize how large they were from the photos.  I wanted to explore, and climb, and crawl, and see each and every inch of this gorgeous shoreline.
Sand Harbor at Incline Village, NV

As I contemplated this in the car on the way home, I was baffled by the fact that we had been driving around Lake Tahoe for a year and a half...taking all of the friends and family who visited us, driving up there on Saturdays and Sundays to take in a great meal, snapping photos in hopes of somehow catching the magic of it and taking it home with us.  But, after a year and a half of this, we STILL didn't know all of Lake Tahoe.  Her mysteriousness continues to reveal themselves to us slowly and awesomely.

Isn't that just like our God?

  • He reveals himself more and more over time. 
  • We have to return to him over and over again in order to know him more.
  • Just when we think we have identified our favorite part of his character, we realize there is an even more beautiful part.
  • The quantity of time we spend with him is directly related to the amount of awesomeness we experience in him.
  • His beauty and mystery knows no limit.
There's the serenity of the south shore beaches; like the peace we experience when we rest in him and let him be in control.

There's the bustle of the shops and restaurants at the Stateline; like the exciting chaos we find ourselves in when we have allowed him to turn our lives upside down with a new adventure.

There's the rocky shores of the north beach area; like the times we are going through trials and it seems like we will never be able to make the jump to the next rock in front of us.  But, we pause, we gain our strength in him and we leap forward in faith and find ourselves on holy ground.

There's the still, placid waters of Emerald Bay where we want to bring all of our friends and family so they too can fall in love with God.

I'm so thankful for EVERY shore to which he has led me.  Sometimes the journeys were terrifying and overwhelming, but I look back and see how he carried me from rock to rock and lifted me over the boulders.  I hope that today you can see the many places you have gone with God and how he has been steadfast and sovereign through it all.

Pray:  Dear Precious Father...I'm over-whelmed by the beauty of the world around me.  I know that this world will fade away, but I'm so grateful that you have given us such beauty in the midst of the dying parts of this world.  Help me to have a thankful heart today and always.  Help me to show my thankfulness to others today; all glory and honor belong to you.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

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