A Tale of Two Mountains

This COVID-19 pandemic has dampened most of our travel plans this summer. But, my family escaped to the mountains for a period of rest. We stayed in a log cabin on the slopes of Pike’s Peak. Besides, we found plenty of open space to social distance. So, this still allowed us time to relax. We even got a visit from a black bear one evening. He kept the social distancing protocol too. Once again, I felt inspired and renewed by this time away and gazing over God’s handy work in the nature around the cabin.  

The Journey

After Colorado, we continued onward to spend a few days in Wyoming and Nebraska. Also, we wanted to experience some of the scenic drives through these areas. The magnificent scenery did not disappoint me. Majestic mountains, gurgling streams, and trees of every shape and size delighted my senses. But, I noticed a change as we moved east along rural roads. Soon, my thoughts turned towards God as I surveyed the changing landscapes. Finally, a tale of two mountains emerged.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.

John 7:38

In Colorado, the Aspen trees reached towards the heavens. Lush and green growth spread up the mountain around us. Everything about the cabin felt fresh and alive. In fact, the area flourished with plants and fauna. The breath of God’s creation filled me with a peace not found in the pace of city living. Then, the rains came and invigorated the earth. The moistened ground offered up its nutrition as all felt right in God’s world.

The Lesson

After vising Wyoming for a few days, we started to head east towards Nebraska. Soon, I noticed a change in the environment. A dryness spread over the area, which seemed to suck the life out of everything. In fact, few trees appeared on the exposed rocks of the mountains. The intense sun bounced off the barren landscape making the heat feel more oppressive. In the same way, I felt thirsty in the dryness of this land. 

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

John 4:13

What did I discern from these two different mountains? First, I learned of the importance of water to enable a landscape to flourish. Then God showed me that the living water that flows from Him has the same effect on our Christian walk. When we connect with the source of living water, our lives will thrive in Christ. In contrast, a life not active in Jesus will appear dry and desolate. We need to water our faith daily. In fact, like the mountains in Colorado, our faith can help nourish the dry and dusty land around us.

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Later, I noticed a few trees atop the Scott’s Bluff. One tree withered and dead because its roots could not reach down the mountain. While a nearby tree still lived. Its root system stays connected to the source of life. So too, our lives can receive refreshment even in the driest of times if we remain united with Christ. He is the source of all life. 

Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.

Isaiah 65:13

Staying Connected

But, how do we stay connected with Christ, especially during this time of pandemic? How are a few ways I came up with and I am sure you could add some more:

  • Spend time in prayer
  • Read the Bible
  • Connect electronically with other believers 
  • Meditate on God’s word
  • Journal your thoughts, feelings, and prayers
  • Listen to gospel music
  • Talk a walk in nature
So too, our lives can receive refreshment even in the driest of times if we remain united with Christ. He is the source of all life.  Click To Tweet

In a word, don’t let your spirit dry out like the peaks and trees I saw in Nebraska. Seek and connect with God daily to get filled with His life-giving flow. Like what I saw, you will notice a difference when you are well watered. And then, we can become a spring of living water for others in their dryness. 

Prayer

Eternal Father, thank you for the gift of living water. Fill my cup, Lord, so that I may overflow with your love and passion for others. Help me to realize when I am running on empty so that I may seek you. Refresh my soul. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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16 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Mountains

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Watering our faith daily is important. From the time my eyes open in the morning until my eyes close in the evening, I will give praise and thanksgiving to God. Sharing conversation with God and studying His Word helps me in every moment.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Every minute of every day, our faith requires watering from the source. Thanks Melissa and God bless

  2. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I love the picture here of Holy Spirit quenching our spiritual thirst and bringing life and growth. Wonderful!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. God’s lessons for our lives are all around us. God bless.

  3. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Thank you for this vivid word picture of our own spiritual life.
    What struck me as I read it is that, just as you traveled between these 2 mountains, we also have a choice to “travel” between these 2 conditions in our spiritual life. The question for each day is, which mountain will I choose to camp on today?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I love it Ava. Thanks for adding it. And it is so true that we must choice daily. God bless

  4. That’s a really good point about the power of water (and the Almighty Power of God). We do need to water our faith. Spending time in God’s word daily is one thing that helps me do that.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      That is a great to water your faith. I appreciate your thoughts Jessica. Thanks and God bless

  5. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Such a powerful analogy here, Yvonne! I felt like I traveled with you through your vivid imagery! I breathed in the fresh life of the lush mountains and felt the barrenness of the dry areas. And yet that little tree, steady and green through it all. Yes, we really need to ask God to help us to do a soul-check every day. We need Jesus. How we need Him. May we seek Him like our daily water.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We do need the fountain of life to provide us with His living water. Thanks Melissa and God bless

  6. buierocks2002 – "Wanna be" Writer, former Preschool Teacher, amateur Chef & Baker, Sister Daughter Co Worker Friend Aunt...that is a lot of hats to wear in a lifetime but, really, I am just "me." :) It is only by knowing Jesus that I have the life I live. As The Bible says, .." In him we live and move and have our being." So thankful to God for that!
    buierocks2002

    Yvonne, your blog post and photos are so very refreshing to my spirit today! I love how you used the natural world and its’ characteristics to create a spiritual truth. Thanks for writing such a great piece.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much. I find so much of my inspiration in nature. God bless.

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    We used to live in Wyoming and in Colorado and in Scottsbluff, Nebraska — we’ve hiked to the top of that bluff so many times. You have captured the landscape well. It’s beautiful in it’s starkness, whether dry or wet. It’s an incredible landscape formed by God from the top of the continental divide all the way down to the sea. Those prairies were the home of the buffalo who fed the native tribes, and those mountains and their runoff provide the Oglala reservoir, the underground water supply that blesses the entire region with drinking water. It’s a beautiful place! I’m glad you could see it.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We really had an incredible time of rest and reflection. It is a beautiful area with so much impact and history. I hope you get to go back and visit occasionally so it renews your soul too. Thanks Melinda and God bless

  8. Beautiful imagery! Your post reminded me if Psalm 1, when a man meditates on God’s law.,, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, that is a wonderful chapter and verse. We need to spend time like this man too. Thanks so much Karen and God bless

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