One of my favorite parts of vacation was when we visited Spearfish Canyon. I had been there before, and even though I was young and didn’t appreciate the beauty of the canyon last time I went there, I was still looking forward to visiting there again. As we began to drive through the canyon I was amazed by it’s beauty and it certainly was what I needed that day.
One thing I never expected from our trip was for God to reveal His presence to me in such an amazing way. For most of the time I had spent planning the trip I had felt I needed to plead and beg in order to be able to go and see my grandfather. But as I stood in Spearfish Canyon next to the stream I stood next to the last time I had visited, I decided to look up.
I looked up to see mountains on both sides of me. Then I saw the clouds passing by ever so quickly. There was a lonely tree just sitting there in the distance.
There I was in the middle of two mountains and I wasn’t afraid and I felt peace.
For a long time I had been experiencing the valley in my life. I honestly do not think I am out of that valley, but during this vacation I finally looked up instead of focusing on what was going on around me. God went out of His way to make His presence known to me and since then He has shown me His love as well.
I think when we are in the valley we often feel out of control and fear that God has left us. I know I struggled with that fear the months, even the year, before this vacation. But God made His presence known and now that I know He is still here with me, I feel peace.
It still amazes me that nothing can separate me from His love. I was sure I had done enough to lose His love and favor in my life. But that isn’t so.
His presence has led me back to a place where I now ask, trust, and receive His amazing blessings.
It is amazing how God is always eager to renew our faith. I will never forget how God went out of His way to let me know that He was still there and He never left my side. My heart is confident in knowing this, and now I will continue on in the valley with less fear and more faith just because His presence is always with me.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT)
Now I can finally say His presence in my life is enough.