When Mountains Disappear

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As I drove to work yesterday morning, I noticed something was different.  It took me a minute to figure it out, but I finally realized what it was.  A thick fog had settled in the area and had entirely covered the mountains.  Bluefield is surrounded by mountains, and you’d be hard pressed to find a spot in town where you can’t see them at all.  But yesterday morning it was like I didn’t live in the mountains at all; they had disappeared from my line of vision entirely.

Although I couldn’t see a hint of the mountains, I knew they were still there.  I didn’t assume they had somehow moved to another location or that I had mysteriously left my hometown.  There are two reasons why.  First, the nature of mountains – they don’t just leave or disappear.  They are (generally) permanent fixtures.  Second, the history of mountains – I’ve seen them in the exact same spot every day for almost a year now.  If they were present yesterday, I can reasonably believe in their continued existence today, even if they’re nearly undetectable.

Sometimes the fog of circumstances is thick over our lives.  Our perception of the presence of God is strained.  Perhaps it seems like He has disappeared.  Often we suppose He has abandoned us, but just like the mountains, obscurity doesn’t equal absence.  We can have confidence in God’s continual presence for countless reasons, but I want to emphasize the two that came to mind yesterday morning.

First, the nature of God – He is good, loving, and faithful.  His actions are governed by His perfect character.  Second, the history of God – He has an eternal pattern of perfect faithfulness.  I can trust God today because He was faithful yesterday and every day before that.  He has proven Himself time and again.  King David expressed this when, reflecting on his lifelong walk with God, he wrote “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken” (Psalm 37:25).

I have confidence in the mountains’ presence even when I can’t see them.  That they would disappear overnight is laughable.  But the Bible says God is even more worthy of my confidence.  In Isaiah 54:10, God Himself declares, “The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.”  In other words, it’s more plausible that Mount Everest will be gone tomorrow morning than that you’ll wake up having been abandoned by God.

Even when you don’t see Him, God is present and at work.  Don’t let the fog keep you from trusting Him.  After all, His love for you is more firmly established than the mountains.

2 Comments on “When Mountains Disappear”

  1. Abbey, wow. I am currently sitting at my desk at school, soaking in every sentence from all your blog posts. The truths you so effortlessly weave together with daily life give me the chills and make me want to cry because I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for who God is.
    I can’t get enough. I wish your posts were a book that I could underline and highlight and reread.
    Needless to say, my life in Japan is being impacted, so thank you.

  2. Heidi,

    Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m glad to know that you are seeing God through these words – that’s always my goal when I write. I want to decrease and I want Him to increase (John 3:30). My hope is that my words wouldn’t be a distraction or get in the way, but that they would point others to God so that they might know Him better and love Him more.

    I was just thinking about you yesterday and was missing the days of our Bible study. I hope you are doing well in Japan – through pictures it looks like you are! You are missed!

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