I just finished watching the film Everest, about the ill-fated expedition during the 1996 spring climbing season in which climbers were caught out by an unexpected storm, and several died.
And others lived, through a determination to simply not give up. Not to die on that day, on that mountain.
We have our stormy Everests in daily life...mine is choosing not to die today, and to do everything in my power to keep both hope and faith alive, when it all seems so futile and God seems so very far away.
There are other mountains, though.
Forgiving someone who wronged you, and reaffirming that forgiveness in your heart every day.
Having a child go off the straight and narrow, and keeping a light burning over the door to your heart.
Staying with a marriage that seems unsalvageable, because you made a commitment, and because you believe that God can work miracles.
The movie is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things...it's about climbing and survival and the indomitable spirit that rests in each of our hearts, waiting for a call.
You are extraordinary
You can climb the Everest that dominates your horizon, and you can survive the storm that threatens to blow you off the mountain to break on the rocks below, in the freezing darkness.
It's all within you.
And when God feels the furthest away, He's within you, too.
Waiting for your call, and waiting for you to extend your hand, so you can do this thing...together.
Even if this thing is dying.
Musical accompaniment is from the Bangles, with Manic Monday. Why? Just for the fun of it.
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I'm not sure when or if I'll be back. I'm so glad Barbara's stepped in. I'm really not doing well at all.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days!
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Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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