I was in fifth grade when I first got glasses.  My vision was terrible. I used to have to move to the front of the room to copy quiz questions from the board because even sitting in the front row was not close enough for me to read the board.  And, of course, as a painfully shy child who wanted nothing more than to completely blend in, this act of singling myself out was mortifying

My mom was reluctant to take me to the eye doctor because my sister had just told my mom she needed glasses a couple months before, and it turned out that she was faking it because she wanted glasses.  So, it’s understandable that my mom hesitated to take me. 

When I finally went for my exam, they found that I had 20/600 vision.  That means that what a normal person can see at 600 feet, I can see at 20 feet.  Sounds kind of bad, huh?

I about cried when I first put on my new glasses.  I couldn’t believe that this was how people saw the world.  It was like I was seeing for the first time. The brown carpet at school actually had flecks of other colors that I never saw before.  It was amazing the detail that I could now see, including the blackboard. It just kept blowing my mind the details I had missed before because my vision was impaired.

We all need our vision renewed and corrected now and then.  And since this is 2020, now is as good a time as any!  This year the blog will feature a printable on the first week of the month that will showcase God and Who He is in a visual format.  You’re welcome to print it and put it on the fridge or download it on your phone to reference or just meditate on it later.

The first vision of God is that God is a rock, based on Psalm 18:2:

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Mountains are interesting things to read about.  The farther up in elevation, the more things change – the climate, the air, the temperature.  There are completely different plants and animals on a mountain than in a valley. And because of their less hospitable terrain and climate, mountains are not good for agriculture.  They’re more suited for resource extraction and recreation.

When I think of God as a rock, that’s the first thing my mind goes to…that He’s a mountain.  The verse in Psalms even says He’s a fortress and deliverer, my strength and my stronghold. He never moves.  He can be counted on, and He’s powerful. We can run to Him to be delivered. We can run to Him and hide in Him.  Haven’t you experienced that in your life? That there are times that you need to draw His resources or simply rest in Him?  The climate is different up on the mountain with Him. The air is refreshing, rejuvenating.

I’m reminded of the words to the old hymn “Rock of Ages,”

Rock of Ages cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee.

God is that rock, and there’s a place…a tiny crevice that’s perfectly you-sized.  Let Him be your strength, your stronghold. Draw from His resources.

Love, April

April Cline

Author April Cline

April Cline, may not have a magic wand, but she often finds that her personality magically changes with coffee. If given a few wishes in her fairy tale life, she would request woodland creatures that are handy with housework and a really long nap until her prince arrives (hopefully with a coffee in hand). April's wit and skills on the piano are just a few delights she brings to the family of Christ the Word church. Her tender heart is a testimony of God's grace at work in her.

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