I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from the mountains?
No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
(Psalm 121:1, The Message).
It’s not like we didn’t know it before, but we have had an incredible reminder this summer of the sheer power of nature. Living high and dry in Northwest Calgary, I dutifully stayed home and away from the evacuated areas, so I had to rely on television images and my husband’s firsthand accounts (he worked in the flooded areas) to appreciate the extent of the damage. Others of you may have those images burned into your memories as you emptied your own basements or tore out a neighbour’s drywall.
I had thought I understood just how powerful the water was, but it wasn’t until we took a day trip up the re-opened Highway 40 that I got to see it with my own eyes. We have enjoyed camping and hiking in Kananaskis Country for several years, so we wanted to see how the area had fared. We were stunned by the amount of debris
piled up everywhere the water had swept it. Trees, branches, rocks and silt outlined where
little creeks had turned into raging rivers. River banks, bridges and roads were meaningless to the torrents of water that poured down from the heights. As geologists have pointed out, the Rocky Mountains themselves are irrevocably changed by this year’s storms.
Psalm 121 came to mind as we climbed over misplaced boulders and trudged through sand piles deposited from high up in the mountains. I guess I have always thought of mountains as ageless, immovable, unchangeable. But this summer, I learned that even the mountains are vulnerable. Even the very rocks that make up the Rockies can be moved. The destruction we saw was staggering, and it reminded me how much we need to find a solid place to rest our hope. I’m so thankful that our help comes not from the mountains, but from the One who made the mountains.
It seems that every time I turn on the news lately, I hear of another natural disaster or human-made catastrophe. We live in tenuous times, but the Bible tells us that we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28). Governments rise and fall, economies grow and falter, even our very environment both sustains and threatens; but nothing can separate us from the love of the God whose strength and compassion never fail (Romans 8:39, Psalm 46:1, Lamentations 3:22).
Perhaps this summer it feels as if your world has been shaken. Maybe you need to be reminded that our God is strong and reliable. The Bible is full of assurances regarding God’s strength on our behalf; here’s a link to a search that will help you find some of those promises: http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=God+strength&qs_version=NIV
Prayer: Oh Lord, when everything around seems uncertain and unstable, we are so grateful for the promise that You never change. Your love endures forever. Grant us hope and peace in the knowledge that You are our firm foundation and that Your Kingdom is unshakeable. Amen.
Submitted by Kim Grant
Image from calgaryherald.com