Dancing with a Mountain


mountainsI’ve just joined a writer’s community called Five Minute Friday, which provides a writing prompt every Friday morning for a quick free-write. Today’s prompt: Future.

Only one Person has a full view of the future. That’s not my tummy, which is sometimes anxious, or my brain, which is often racing through possibilities. (Devastating possibilities! Terrifying possibilities! Staggeringly fabulous possibilities!) God has the big picture, and God hasn’t shown me as much as I sometimes would like to see. I have to content myself with little bits I can glean:

  • At some time in the future, all of creation will be liberated from its chains (Rom. 8:20-21). When God says “all,” God means “all.” To me, this suggests that the Old Testament “poetic” images of trees that applaud and mountains that skip like goats are not just poetry, they’re visionary. I begin to look forward to the day when I will dance with a mountain while trees keep time around the gigantic outdoors “hall.”
  • At some time in the future, tears will cease to exist (Rev. 21:4). When you live with recurring depressions, this is an amazing idea. First my very God wipes away every tear, then my very God removes every reason to weep.
  • At some time in the future, I will see God in all of God’s glory and, in the words familiar from Handel’s Messiah, “all earth shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5). I marvel at the “glory” of a sunrise, a budding daffodil, a thundering waterfall. I can only start to imagine what the “glory” (“heaviness” or “weightiness”) of God might be. I find a hint in the Old Testament, when not even the people set apart to serve God could enter the place of worship, because God had filled that place with God’s glory (Ex. 40, 1 Kings 8, 2 Chron. 5, 2 Chron. 7).

In the future God hints at, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). That’s better than the most fabulous future my brain can concoct.

True confessions: I invested 15 minutes in today’s piece. Great prompt!

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About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at christianpurposeblog.wordpress.com, churchandmentalillness.wordpress.com and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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7 Responses to Dancing with a Mountain

  1. Lesley says:

    Visiting from FMF#25. I enjoyed reading your post and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has an overactive mind that sees all the possibilities. It is encouraging to remember the glimpses God gives us of our eternal future and how amazing it will be!

  2. Heidi Smid says:

    I’ve learned during the past year or two that I’m actually thankful God does not show me the future. 1. If I had known the pain of raising children, we likely would have said “No thank you God.” But then we would have also missed the love, the richness, and the maturity that has come through the pain – and the joys – of these relationships. 2. If God had answered my prayers to show me the future so I could have made better choices in parenting, I would have missed the opportunity to learn the very things you mention here – that God HAS indeed shown me my future. He has shown me that He will never leave and that His everlasting arms will stay forever beneath me, that He will redeem and purposefully employ the sufferings for His glory and my benefit, that even my most foolish or impulsive choices cannot derail my life from His grace-laden path. THOSE are the things that He tells me about my future. I am learning that it’s enough to know those things.

  3. Alice Nine says:

    Love your vivid description of “at sometime in the future.” When I finished reading I was ready to stand up and shout, “Glory!” -Alice, from #61 at FMF.

  4. Carlene Hill Byron says:

    So let’s! Glory!

  5. SueM says:

    “At some time in the future, all of creation will be liberated from its chains…At some time in the future, tears will cease to exist…At some time in the future, I will see God in all of God’s glory…”

    What a wonderful glorious day that will be! I can’t wait! In the meantime, I am trying to do my best to reach out to those around me and bring some of that hope, peace, and joy to others. 🙂

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Great post! AMEN!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Carlene, I’m so happy you came over to this community! We get to engage in even more ways now! I loved your post. Such hope! It’s so easy to fix our glance on the imperfection in our immediate view but the hope remains and beckons. Who wouldn’t long for the vision of a reality like you described? BTW, I often go over my 5 minutes.

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