The last time I saw these mountains was three years ago when I spent Christmas in Montana. They never get old for me. Seeing as Banff is a mere two hours away from where I stayed, it’s only natural that we went to see the Rockies before heading back to Winnipeg. The trip was quick, but it satisfied the longings of my heart.
I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.
The Laments of the prophet Jeremiah.
I often meet people who are struggling with anxiety and fear of the future. I think a big part of the problem is that daily we are bombarded with news that fills our hearts with despair and hopelessness for the future. My heart is burdened for them. It is so good to know that Jesus shoulders are strong enough to carry our deepest fears and that He can give us the strength to stand tall, defiant, regal despite what the future may bring.
May your 2018 bring you closer to God our Comforter.