It’s hard to believe that nine months have passed since this sweetest baby girl entered our lives. I am amazed to look behind us at all of the steep hills and valleys we’ve traveled across. Some of the cliffs and crags are jagged and menacing, impassable. Yet we made it to this beautiful peak. I’m so thankful for the “lead climbers” who have traveled this route before us beckoning us onward. An army of warriors in the physical and spiritual realms have been behind us every step of the way safeguarding us from danger and evil. From where we started, a little over a year ago, this summit was not even a visible speck on the horizon. We imagined we’d be living out the rest of our days in a dark, oppressive fog. Placing one foot in front of the other, day by day we began to see the sun again. As the fog gradually dissipated the sight of a beautiful landscape unfolded before us. The comfortable and familiar flat terrain was replaced by magnificent peaks and valleys. While we have hope and faith that we will get to spend time at the tops of the mountains, we realize there aren’t any shortcuts to get to them. We may spend time in the low valleys surrounded by the thick fog, but we will also journey through beautiful fields of wild flowers, and quaint little villages nestled into hillsides. We are confident and trusting that we can ascend the sheerest of rock that we may happen upon. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.
This perspective is so clear from up high, but admittedly obscured when we are down in the depths. I write this note to myself more than anyone, that I may be reminded of God’s continual grace, mercy, protection and kindness when the road becomes “impassable”.
Nora got to try rice cereal for the first time! She isn’t so sure about this new menu item.
We are confident of all this because of our great trust in God through Christ.
(2 Corinthians 3:4 NLT)