Ahhh. Today was absolutely lovely!
A dear friend and I went on an adventure today! We met early this morning, grabbed some coffee, drove an hour and a half away, and landed in the magnificent Cummings Falls! The weather was gorgeous and almost as soon as I stepped onto the trail, my spirit began to be refreshed.
Initially we set out on our adventure to explore and collect some breathtaking photos for some upcoming blog projects. However, the further and further we went, it became less about the blog content we were gathering and more about the refreshing I began to feel in God’s stunning creation. At least, that’s how it was for me.
With every step, my heart seemed to draw closer to Jesus. With every deep breath, my lungs were filled with the clear air and the deep satisfaction of forest scent. With every birdsong, my heart responded with a song of adoration.
The closer and closer we got to the waterfall, the more refreshed I felt. There are no words to describe the beauty and majesty and wonder of that waterfall. I stood in front of it, eyes practically locked on The Creator, and just breathed in His complete awesomeness.
Since this weekend, my heart has been so expectant! I’m waiting for Jesus to do something big. I can feel myself right on the edge of revelatory breakthrough. Everything inside me feels like it’s about to explode into a perfect masterpiece that Jesus orchestrated just for this moment! I am so expectant!
Standing in front of that waterfall, my heart connected with Jesus’ and He downloaded a peace, confidence, and wonder in me that is nearly impossible to put into words. I stood there, my arms stretched wide, worshipping. Though on the outside it looked like a photo-op, on the inside it was pure praise and adoration of my King. It was all I could do to hold back tears at the sight and touch of something so close to heaven.
This is rest. This is wonder. This is adoration.
This whole week has been glorious wonder. I’ve seen the goodness of God in some absolutely incredible ways this week. School is going well and I am so refreshed after my day off today. Luke 2:19(msg) says, “Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.” This is my heart: to hold all this week’s glorious, heaven-glimpsed moments deep within my heart so that, when I have a day that is less than perfect, I can look back on the goodness of God and not grow weary in doing good.
As I write this, my heart’s prayer is that you would be encouraged and that the refreshing I received today would seep through this page and into your life!
I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week! Don’t forget to do something that refreshes your spirit and gets you close to Jesus!
Also, just for good measure (and a little bit because i’m proud of it haha) here’s a photo of me climbing (kind of illegally) a rock cliff in order to take a shortcut back to the trail. I would like to accredit the possibility and success of this endeavor to all the hard work I’ve done in the gym because I relied on my upper body strength and the usage of tree roots as my hand holds to keep me from falling to my death (which is more literal than this picture depicts. the side of that cliff was literally straight up and nearly impossible.). This was probably a lot more dangerous than I thought it was, but it sure was a heck of a lot of fun! It made me feel really strong and proud of myself!
Okay, now I’m done haha.