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Behind the Clouds

    The desert can be a beautiful place. Can be. Unfortunately for my beauty-thirsty eyes, our little corner of it is not.

      Our desert valley was once an agricultural center. Crops were grown, soil was depleted, our valley was left in dry desolation. Most areas can recover from unwise land use. The desert cannot.

      Our valley is u-g-l-y, ugly…if you don’t look up.

      We are surrounded by mountains. When I say surrounded, I mean that to leave our valley on one side, we have to climb several hundred feet through a mountain pass. To leave on the lower end, we skirt the mountains.

      Surrounded.

      They are pretty all year, but in the winter, they are beautiful. Ah, what a paltry description.

      In the winter the mountains are awe-inspiring!

      Truly breath-taking.

      Beyond words.

      Sometimes, in our valley, God covers the mountains, and all we can see is the ugliness that is our barren, over-worked desert. Clouds hang low, covering the splendor that we westerners love.

      But then he reveals his purpose. The clouds part.

      And God’s work is displayed anew.

      Our beautiful mountains are made even more inspiring with their crowning snow-capped glory, God’s work behind the clouds.

      Such is the walk of life. When God covers the mountains of life and all we can see is the tired, barren, over-worked desert, the beauty is not gone. It’s just hidden while God is at work. The clouds will be parted. The crowning splendor will be revealed. Maybe not today. Maybe not soon. Maybe not while we still have the power of breath. But in His time, in His way, in His eternity and through Christ, we will see the mountains of God behind the clouds.

      Get on your knees and look up.

      You absolutely must click on this photo.  You won’t receive three wishes or have your wildest dreams realized, but you will certainly gain a greater appreciation for the beauties of Creation and the power of an Almighty God.  Be honest: you probably would have blown those three wishes anyway.

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