No Hiding in the Mists
(We’ve had what felt like a good, old-fashioned cold around here – twice since the holidays began. I’d like to say we’ve been hibernating in our recovery – but that just sounds to cozy and deep-sleepish, but, really, it felt like an out-of-sorts lethargy and inability to think well and a “where-did-my-brain-go” time. We are recovered, have found our brains, the cozy deep sleeps of winter, and a clear-headed appreciation of our brand of the everyday ordinary. I’ve missed you all!)
First, the mists came to our little mountain, falling all over it, spreading out – covering up. Sometimes, it’s as though during the night, they lay down, exhausted, in a slumbering heap, only to wake in the morning, gather themselves together and rise back up to continue on their journey. Sometimes, it’s as though they walk across the mountain, in a slow, intentional way, like a slow walk with God. Other times, like before the snow came, it felt as though a veil covered home, protecting in a hushed silence, as though to say, “Listen. Slow down. Rest within our boundaries and let our covering keep you safe.”
God gave the wind its weight, Job says – and measured the dimensions and capacity of water – determining the weight of a droplet, a snowflake, hailstones, from dew to mists, showers to deluges to tsunami’s. He sets limits and boundaries for the rain – and maps the course of a thunderbolt.
“He saw it and declared it. He established it and also searched it out.” ~ Job 28: 25-27
Yes – summer showers, winter storms – and the mists that waft through the big and little mountains, the little and big valleys.
No measure of rain, in any of its forms, can hide us from God. The Mists cannot hide us, neither rooftops or dark closets. There is no cave or hole in the ground deep enough to hide from our Father. We might feel unseen. . . but we are not. We might wish to be unseen. . . but we are not. Just as there is no bone we can hide from God, there is no thought we can hide from Him.
He knows when we fail, when we miss it, when we feel like falling apart – and understands the why even better than we understand. He knows we are frightened before we even realize. He even knows the reason you have told your kiddos you were frightened, the doctor you were frightened, your bestie, your spouse, your mama. . . but he knows the real reason you were frightened.
We live surprised – but God is not!
God is waiting for you. . . Waiting for you to stop hiding and to tell Him exactly how you feel so He can help you!“ He already knows. . .
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.”
~ Psalm 139:1-4
Maryleigh, Good Morning. So beautiful are your words and images, my friend. Physically, I can picture these scenes on your mountain. Almost, without being there physically. And knowing that God knows all can be difficult at times usually due to my desire to hide from Him. But knowing that is also wonderful for I often need that confidence of God in my corner. He allows me to be me without shame. He allows me to feels in ways I do not in the sight of others. He allows all because He knows all. If something needs a shift or a change, He will be my guide. He is the Best!! I am so grateful to the God of all creation.
Wonderful to be reminded that even our precipitation is measured out by a loving and sovereign God.
I missed you, so I was glad to discover this post. Sometimes the best gift we can give ourselves is mercy.
This is so true, Maryleigh, “We might feel unseen. . . but we are not. We might wish to be unseen. . . but we are not.” I’m so thankful that He sees, He knows, He cares, and He loves.
I love your reminder that we can’t escape God’s love for us. It is an ever-present thing. Your photos are beautiful ❤️ I’m so glad you’re feeling better!
Maryleigh, your words are so very beautiful! I love lingering here with you. I needed these words today, because I so often hide from God, hide from His love, hide from His help….feeling so unworthy, yet He beckons me still. Thank you for this timely reminder!
I’m so glad we never have to worry about catching God off guard! Love your pictures.
How amazing the creativity and design God put into each raindrop and snowflake, and so much else. And his love for us is beyond measure. What a beautiful reminder of that truth! Thank you for sharing.
I am so glad God knows me even when at times, I feel like I don’t know me 🙂 I am so grateful He is waiting for me as “wait” is my word for this year.
Such a comfort that we are never hidden from Him!