Meditation in the Mountains

Chalet in French AlpsAfter slugging it out with rocky ground and hard wood all morning, Road through Camp of the Peaksour team leaders gave us an hour to find a quiet space on our own Mountains near Camp of the Peaksto be alone with God and meditate. Camp des Cimes WaterfallI curled up on a little bridge overlooking a gurgling mountain stream. Wild Geranium in French AlpsWhat precious refreshment, Butterfly and Ivy French Alpsjust reading the scriptures, drinking in the beauty around me, and praying. Wild Orchid in French AlpsDo you take time to get apart with God and meditate on the Bible every day? Harebell in French AlpsFrom the bottom of my heart, I hope so,Spring from mountainside in French Alpsbecause the Bible is the bread of life and the water of life to feed our souls. Tomorrowland_posterIn Tomorrowland (a 2015, PG-rated, imaginative Disney sci-fi mystery adventure that I think would be family-friendly for youngsters), the heroine reminds the hero at various times of the old fable that there are two wolves within us, one light and the other dark. Rock and Fern in French AlpsWhat grows within us depends on which “wolf” we feed. How true!  Alpine Saxifrage in French AlpsJesus taught us: “Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Tiny white succulent in French AlpsThe Word of God—the Bible—is not only the bread of life to teach us about God, Light on yellow wildflowers in French Alpsthe Word of God is “a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
to keep us from stumbling (Psalm 119:105). Profusion of delicate yellow and purple wildflowers in French AlpsSo, if we want to feed the light “wolf,” we need to meditate on The Light!
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”Sun shining into Chalet at Camp des Cimes “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)Quiet path beside Camp of the Peaks CottageIf you don’t have a daily “quiet time” when you meditate on God and His Word and fellowship with Him, please, please start trying to find time and space today, even if it’s just 5 minutes before you hop out of bed or go to sleep at night.Waterfall at Camp des Cimes

  1. “Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
    Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
    Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
    Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
  2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
    Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
    By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
    Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
  3. Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
    And run not before Him, whatever betide.
    In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
    And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
  4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
    Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
    Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
    Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.”
    (—William D. Longstaff, 1882)

PS. I noticed this quote on a friend’s FB page today and thought it was worth adding! “One has said that while prayer is the day’s best beginning it must not be like the handsome title-page of a worthless book.” ~P. T. Forsyth

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