Though the Mountains May Be Moved Into the Sea

I’ve struggled with trusting God my entire life. Even in the moments where I feel so completely surrounded by His love, a question lingers. I see the pain of those around me. I hear the world crying out for a hope and a purpose that they refuse to accept when it is presented to them. I feel deeply the hurt inflicted on me by others. I long for a simpler time when I didn’t have to deal with fractured relationships, sick loved ones, and a hostile world.

Tonight, as I sat trying to figure out what to write next for Traitorous Hearts- which writing this post has actually given me clarity on, which isn’t a surprise- those thoughts overwhelmed me. The idea of what I will need to face tomorrow filled my mind. The uncertainty of the next few days, weeks, and months terrified me. And that small question pushed it’s way to the forefront: “Are you still good?”. Almost as soon as the question entered my mind, Psalm 121:1-2 followed it. “I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth”. My help does not come from this world. My trust is not in this world, with it’s uncertainty and ever-changing ideas. My trust is in God.

I felt that I couldn’t write any more of Traitorous Hearts until I had written and posted this. I couldn’t sleep peacefully with this on my mind.

So I searched out other Psalms that talked about trusting the Lord and putting our faith in Him. These were the first two that popped out to me among the multitude.

I figured that it was fitting to put them in front of pictures of mountains and water- two of the most beautiful things God put in creation. A constant reminder that even when we can’t see Him, He is still there. He’s still watching over us. And it is going to be okay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HznXBBCdBE

This song- “Into the Sea” by Tasha Layton- felt pretty applicable here, given that she asks the same question about God’s goodness in her song.

My heart is breaking
In a way I never thought it could
My mind is racing
With the question, “Are you still good?”
Can you make something
From the wreckage?
Would you take this heart
And make it whole again?

We all question whether God can take us from the wrecks that we are and make us into someone that can serve Him. Can He really use people like us for His purposes? His answer will always be a resounding YES. He not only can do it, He wants to do it. He wants to use us for His purposes. And when we allow ourselves to be used for His purposes, we will feel a joy unlike anything we could ever imagine. A peace that transcends all understanding.

Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”

Though everything may fall to pieces around us. Though our friends may hurt us and abandon us. Though the world may persecute and even kill us. Though we may lose loved ones. Though we may feel alone. Through all of that, God is still there. He is still reminding us- even if it isn’t normally blaringly obvious to us- that it is going to be okay. We can trust Him to bring us through this life to the other side, where He will say “Well done, good and faithful servant”. The trivial things of this life will pass away. We will be seated with Him in Heaven forever. And then it certainly will be okay. We need only trust Him.

I’ve blamed myself
And if I’m honest, maybe I’ve blamed You too
But You would not forsake me
‘Cause only good things come from You

We often find ourselves blaming God when bad things happen. “He’s in charge, so He must be purposefully letting bad things happen to me”. Maybe He is. Who am I to know? What I do know is that even if God is allowing bad things to happen to you, He is not doing it for no reason. He is using those experience to shape you into the person you are meant to be- the person who trusts Him in the good AND the bad. The hills AND the valleys.

Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”

From beginning to the end
You’re so close
You have never let me down and You won’t
In the valleys, in the shadows I know
You’re so close
You’re so close

God is close to us in every moment. He will never let us down- even in the moments where we feel abandoned, we are never alone. He is not letting us down- He is showing us how to trust Him in every moment, and not just the moments where we feel His presence.

Though the mountains may be moved into the sea
Though the ground beneath might crumble and give way
I can hear my Father singing over me
“It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok”
It’s gonna be ok, it’s gonna be ok
I’m gonna be ok, I’m gonna be ok

We are going to be okay. We can hope and trust in the fact that Jesus is looking out for us and will not allow us to fall. He sees every single sparrow- don’t ever think that He doesn’t see and love you.
So in the moments of doubt- because you may not be doubting right now but it may come later down the road- cling to these verses. Cling to this song. Because He is Still Good.

Trust is a hard thing. It isn’t always easy- especially when we are trusting in something that we cannot physically see. But I would rather trust in someone that I cannot see- but have felt the hope and life He has given me- than try to find my own way through this world.