A classroom comes in many forms.
I see myself as a life-long student. Training classes, the learning curve for a new job, ministry and leadership seminars, writing conferences, spiritual retreats, and Bible studies include some of my favorite ways to learn…to take in new knowledge.
But, how do you imagine God’s classroom? Is there a white board? What about globes, pictures of the world or His students? Does He give hall passes and wait on tardy students for important lessons?
I’ve written about the mountains before. Yet, if you follow this blog, you know I give student reports from the mountains, the beach, an amusement park, or life events and experiences.
Each a classroom where God taught me valuable lessons.
So this week I traveled with two friends from high school to the Great Smoky Mountains (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) for our annual girls trip. Four nights provided the perfect getaway for fun, shopping, and good food and conversation.
But the trip also supplied time to rest from the daily grind and hear from God on matters of the heart. And, of course, I came back with a student report.
(1.) God’s Word reminds my heart of truth.
The Great Smoky Mountains are also called The Smokies. So if you’ve ever visited the area, you know why they carry this name. A misty haze forms at various peaks and valleys.
Likewise, whether I’m on a mountain peak or traveling through the valleys of life, a misty haze often forms over my heart, too. And it blocks God’s truth.
You see, I recently walked through a fog-laden valley. And the path turned dark. Not able to see ahead or where to go, I wondered how to find my way out.
But Scripture always reminds my heart of truth during valley experiences.
One of my favorite Bible verses for sharing the gospel message of Christ. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 ESV.
Jesus spoke these words to the disciples after He said this, “Let not your hearts be troubled” John 6:1a ESV.
Christ is the way to salvation. But He’s also the truth we cling to in troubled times.#Truth guides my way through the valley. #Bible Click To Tweet
Lessons from God’s Promises
(2.) God’s Word reminds my heart to trust.
My friends and I stayed in a cabin on top of a mountain, complete with a wonderful view. In the same way, I prefer to visit and stay on the mountain tops in life. No one likes to walk through the valley.
But the valleys often cause us to look for the Lord to be our daily companion, our sustenance, and our lifeline. As we walk through the valley, the mountain peaks remain visible. When we look up, we remember God is with us both on the mountain and in the valley below.
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” Joshua 23:14b NIV.Do I know with all my #heart that God’s good promises never fail me? #Bible Click To Tweet
Trusting in God’s promises help me fully experience the mountain top, complete with a wonderful view of God’s glory. And they help me navigate through the valley as I trust God’s victory lies at the end of the winding road.
Back to God’s Classroom
Perhaps our imagination of God’s classroom isn’t too far off track. Since God formed the world, He displays His glorious creation on every wall. We also find our portrait, complete with our name and a loving description of His fondness for us.
And maybe during the valleys or times we wait on God to move in our life, it’s His version of a hall pass. But He wants us to come back to class for the spiritual lessons He teaches us in every season of life.
God’s classroom contains a white board—my heart. He wants to write His truth on my heart and never erase it.
“Guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart” Proverbs 7:2b-3 NIV.
Do you trust God with all your heart? Do you believe His promises never fail?
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Read the 2015 post from my girls trip, What God Taught Me in the Mountains.
Images are mine of The Smokies. Text and design by Adobe Spark.
September 14, 2017 at 10:29 am | Uncategorized