The Work of God’s Hands In The West Virginia Mountains

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Although my husband and I have hiked in West Virginia for many years, I never tire of the beauty found in the mountains. Each turn on the trail is a promise of more beauty waiting to be discovered. One can find a carpet of ferns, a panoramic view of mountains touching the clouds or a splash of color displayed in the flowers. The work of God’s hands is all around us!

Take a hike with me through Old Testament scriptures…

Pendleton Point in Blackwater Falls State Park

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. – Psalm 36:5-6

 

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the beauty on the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail!

I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. – Psalm 50:11

 

Following the Rohrbaugh Plains Trail in Dolly Sods

You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. – Psalm 18:36

 

Mountain Laurel

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. – Deuteronomy 32:2

 

View of Clouds from Rocky Ridge Trail in Dolly Sods

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. – Psalm 19:1

 

Rhododendron

It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God. – Isaiah 35:2

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Am I Really Getting Old(er)?

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I did not hit a milestone birthday this year. However, I am constantly reminded that I am smack dab in the middle of middle age. Below is a list of signs that confirm I am getting old(er).

  1. As requested, I presented my driver’s license to the clerk. She examined the picture and commented, “You don’t look like your driver’s license at all.” Then pause and no further comment.

2. While grocery shopping, I passed a little old white-haired lady wearing the same shirt that I own.

3. A neighbor on our street introduced herself and commented, “At our age…” I figured she was in the decade ahead of me.

4. This one came from a friend; My friend’s granddaughter was playing with the Fisher Price Little People family. The two year old picked up the figurine of the white-haired lady with a tight-bun hairstyle and declared, “Grandma.” My friend corrected her granddaughter, “That’s old grandma, not me.”

Thinking about getting older prompted me to discover what God has to say about aging. Gray-haired, white-haired or in-between, we are loved by our God who honors age and years walked out with Him.

  1. We never get too old to serve God.

Joshua 14:10-11 

“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the desert.  So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

  1. God does not abandon or forsake us as we get older.

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 

  1. God keeps us young at heart with fresh revelation of Him and His ways.

Psalm 103:5

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  1. Our influence and our witness for God were not intended to fade as we age. We will always have purpose.

Psalm 92:14

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

  1. The blessings continue to pile up with an extra special blessing in later life: grandchildren.

Ruth 4:15

He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.  For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.