More than a just a few years ago my family piled in a minivan and left the ocean for the mountains. We were going to experience seasons and views we had never encountered before. My nine year old heart was maybe confused but excited at the idea of something new. One of the first things we had to do when we arrived in the star city was to go see the Roanoke Star. Constructed in 1949 and still shinning bright in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I loved it, every time. It was so big, 88.5 feet to be exact and I remember as a little girl just gazing at it like there was no clock to watch.
I am just shy of 22 years now and I still love that old star. On a whim a couple a weeks ago my younger brothers and I along with our grandma decided to make the trip up the mountain to see it before we left for our three month tour. My one brother particularly had not seen it in years and when we arrived the bitter wind caught our excitement off guard. It wasn’t chilly, it was cold. Insanely cold, the kind of coldness that eskimos love but we ventured on. My fingers were numb but my soul could breathe as I exhaled into the Roanoke valley.
I wonder if sometimes we miss out on the blessings God has for us because of the inconvenience to receive them. It was cold, the wind wished to take me hostage and the trek up the mountain was long but it was worth everything. What if I had slipped one foot out the door and said “Aint nobody got time for that” and drove off…I would have missed out on the beauty. There are beautiful things that God wants to give us and they’re beautiful because He gives them. Choose to do the things that seem frustrating or inconvenient if that’s where God is leading you. God also has not only beauty to bless you with but also a view of His goodness for you to see. Half of going to see the star is remembering the view of the valley. It would be silly to make the trip and not see the lights gleam in the dark night. Like the beacons in the dark God wants His goodness to be on display.
What’s holding you back? Fear? The struggle? I encourage you to find out and then hand it to the God of creation. How rich His love is, there is no end.
Because your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise you.