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Words Of The Latter Rain

volume 4, issue 1 January 2011


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Ken Nix

Tuesday, 1/18/2011

Unseen Beauty


By Marcia Smeenk



In traveling to many varied places upon this earth, I have found that my very favorite place is in the mountains, especially the Alps which transverse Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany.  The breathtaking scenery is something I shall never tire of admiring and  I shall never tire of  thanking God for such a masterpiece that is painted before my very eyes.  Simply viewing the sheer magnitude of those mountains brings you to your knees in worship of the Mighty Ones of Heaven. The grandeur of those mountains is beyond depiction on pages of paper or even in photographs.   Magnificent snow-capped peaks leading down to valleys of lush grassy meadows are a sight to behold.  Chalets dot the sides of the slopes like dots on a canvas.  It is my absolute favorite place to be and to experience.



It was on one such trip to Europe that we planned a whole week in the German Alps and I greatly anticipated spending that time gazing at the unsurpassable beauty of  the Alps and taking pictures, of course.  Our resort was situated on one of those mountainside slopes.  A small town was above us, and the valley below.  We wanted to see the beauty, the panoramic view around us but it was shrouded in fog.  The fog was thick and the rain ranged from heavy to heavier to snow, all week.  We never saw the beauty of the valley or the beauty of the mountains other than on brochures and postcards.



So how were we to know it truly existed beyond the thick fog?  We had faith that it did exist and that was all that mattered.  We believed what we were told about the unseen beauty of that place although we never did see it.  We did not see proof ourselves, but believed others’ eyes who had seen it before on clear days.  It is like our faith in what God alludes to, but in what we have not seen personally.  We read of scenes and events in the Bible, and we believe.  We read today’s word from Daniel and we believe.  We believe and we trust in that belief.  Our faith is increased with each passing day in which we choose to believe.



The fog lifted from that mountain valley the week after we left.  We never saw the beautiful scenery through the fog and rain, but we know it was there.  Remember the words of the Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things, not seen.  We never lost hope that whole week.  We hoped every day that the rain would stop and the fog would lift.  Even though our hopes never turned to reality, we believed.  We had to leave that beautiful place after a week.  It truly was a most magnificent place.



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