For the past week I have been secluded in the wilderness listening to the screaming bugles of elk and the frantic yelping of coyotes welcoming the morning. Climbing winding game trails through high timber, I feel a sense of freedom. Even my mind is free to wander. Of course my mind rarely does anything but wander.
Today I said a prayer of thanks for the privilege of experiencing the spectacular beauty I have seen in this place. Then my mind wandered from that ecstatic moment down a sadder, darker path. A path with a nagging question that needed an answer.
I was reminded of the alarming world wide trend to remove all vestiges of faith in the God I just thanked from public life. The trail grew more ominous as I pondered what my personal response to this travesty should be. The creator of everything I was seeing, The Hope of mankind, is often treated in our society with the same disdain we once held for despicable things, while despicable things are often welcomed on public display.
What am I to do?
Will the government eventually remove all vestiges of God from our/my life?
Then I looked up and realized the answer!
Men may be able to take down the Ten Commandments from a courthouse. They may be able to remove books and prayer from schools.
But no one can ever remove the display of God’s glory that was right in front of my eyes.
The dreary trail my mind had taken brightened as I realized I could also add other pictures.
- Photos of laughing children I have met who because of Jesus are living with joy in the midst of abject poverty.
- A picture of my sweet elderly friend in hospice who smiles as she says she is facing certain….. “LIFE!”
- A photograph of a small group of worshipers in China or Russia or Cuba who have never been able to depend on the government.
I stood up and began to walk back to camp. My question was partially answered.
My first response would be to thank God that He is bigger than any government or dictator.
No law of any kind can keep Him from displaying His power, love and glory. We have become over dependent on government and society to support us and display His glory. Don’t be deceived, God will not be mocked.
As I walked, evidence of his existence lined my path, filled every vista with jaw dropping beauty, and overwhelmed my heart with a new confidence and joy.
Tomorrow I will think about what my second reaction should be!
How do you think we should respond to societies ever increasing intolerance to Christianity?
What evidence of Gods Glory have you seen that cannot be taken away?
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
All but one of the pictures pictures were taken at Pack Country Outfitters – Fish and Cross Ranch. I am grateful for a great hunting experience and a week of spectacular beauty