We spent the night in Wyoming, just a few miles from the state line of Montana. The West really is a sight to behold. Pictures cannot capture the breathtaking scenery. Yet, we continue to take them, one after another, hoping to hold on to the memories.
There is a serenity involved with the picturesque scenery. It would benefit anyone dealing with high levels of stress, or jaded enthusiasm to take a road trip through the West. The glory of God can only be missed, if, you decide to ignore it.
My father owns the cattle on a thousand hills comes to mind, as we see the wide open ranges covered with livestock. Horses roaming free, even antelope. I have never seen a antelope, but I know know they are not deer.
The whole idea of Psalm 50:10-11, “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects are mine,” is just another way of saying that everything belongs to God. God is sovereign.
So we ride along like a modern day, ‘covered wagon,’ thinking of songs like, “where the deer and the antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word,” echoing through our memories.
To some it might sound sentimental, and lame. I couldn’t care less. I loved hearing AB sing, ‘ I should have been a cowboy, I should have learned to rope and ride.’
When we got outside of Billings, Montana, and moved toward Great Falls for the night, we ended up on a road construction project. The road was muddy and now we look like we have been somewhere. It started raining and our rig is more than muddy.
The next morning, we awoke to our heater fan continuously whirring at 5 am. The strange part was that the heater wasn’t on. We were using a electric plug in heater we bought on our last mission trip.
When AB located the problem, it was a leak from the water pipe above the heater, hitting the electric contact. Problem solved.
I couldn’t help but to praise and thank God! Having recently viewed the historic Battlefield of Custards Last Stand, we didn’t wake up to a battle cry, or have to deal with whether the water was pure or poisoned. We have come a long way in history.
I know every century has their problems, but God being faithful to his people is not one of them.
Thanks to Jesus, when we encounter problems, we only have to look for the potential benefit. All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
More songs slide into to my mind, ‘The Victory belongs to Jesus. The Victory belongs to Him. Also, ‘It may look we’re surrounded, but we’re surrounded by Him. This is how we fight our battles, this is how we fight our battles.’
We give glory to God.
Thanks for listening.