I stepped out on our kitchen patio one morning this week to take the above photo.
The valley was blanketed under a thick fog but the snow capped mountains rose up above it glistening in the morning sun.
As I stood gazing at the view I thought about a scripture in Col. 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."
How easy it is to become 'blanketed' by the cares of this earthly life - to allow the disappointments, the worries, the endless duties to completely hide from our heart-view the glory of the things above.
The people of the valley had no idea of the beauty above them that awed my heart.
Where I saw blue sky and snow capped peaks, they saw only fogged shadows.
Where I saw the promise of the rising sun, they sat in shrouded uncertainty.
Where I saw the heavens , they saw only the earth beneath them.
Hope - the theme of the First Advent. No matter how deep our dispair, no matter how heavy our burdens or our doubt.. there is always HOPE.
Hope that is real ! Hope that will not disappoint any one who puts their faith in Jesus.. the promised Messiah.
Jesus, the Light shining into a dark world, melting the fog of doubt and fear!
Whatever earthly thing weighs you down, shine God's hope upon it and view it from above!
"Now may the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE! " Rom. 15:13