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Beautiful Creation: Revelation in the Himalayas

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Beautiful Creation: Revelation in the Himalayas

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On my DTS outreach, a friend and I  hiked up one of the mountains with the hope of seeing the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas (to the locals it was a hill but definitely a mountain for us). As we climbed higher with our guide the clouds kept coming and eventually all the peaks we covered. As we hiked I started praying "God please remove the clouds so we can see Your grand and beautiful creation." I prayed, but the clouds never moved...

All of a sudden these kids came running out of their houses, screaming at us. They were so excited to see us! We gave them some snacks, asked their names and played and laughed with them. As we were there God powerfully spoke to me on that mountain.

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The peaks of the Himalayas aren't God's perfect creation. It's not the hills or the valleys or even the rivers. His grandeur doesn't reflect in the waters of lakes or oceans. In reality it’s in His people. These children. His precious and beautiful creation. We didn't hike up there to see a giant ice covered rock. It was to see the ones He gave up His life for. The beauty of the Himalayas is but a shadow to it's people. They are so loving and kind, humble and generous. They are crazy hard workers and maybe have the strongest necks of any people I've ever met. They always put others first. They would never eat until we had our fill. They are beautifully created in God’s very image. As God created each piece of the universe, He called it good. It wasn't until he made mankind in His image that that He called it very good. We are His beautiful creation.

Words and Photos by Daniel Swickward. Daniel is a recent graduate from our Compassion in Action Discipleship Training School.




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Beautiful Creation: Revelation in the Himalayas
Come Up To Me On This Mountain

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Come Up To Me On This Mountain

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Over the last year, I’ve written “I trust you” in my journal more times than I can count. It’s funny how I need to write it over and over again. Somehow the act of writing it etches it into my soul. It takes it deeper. “Jesus, I trust you.” There’s so many things I don’t understand yet I feel this inexplicable peace that beckons me, “be still, you can trust Jesus”.

It’s so easy to make our relationship with God less of a relationship and more of a transaction. I find myself wanting to have the what, when, where + why before I’ll settle into God’s presence. There’s too much to do, too much to understand, yet God is ever patient with me in my messiness. He waits there for me on the mountain. Waiting for me to put down my list and just rest in Him. Waiting for me to receive His love and His relationship that He gave everything to have. He waits there for me to simply be with Him.

You see, God is faithful and worthy of my trust. He is ever working for me, going before me and staying so near, intentionally pursuing my heart. We were never meant to be robots, mindlessly following a God shouting out instructions to us. From the very beginning of creation, it was always about relationship. We cannot miss this part!

Being able to trust God with my everything, my hopes, my dreams, my futures, my days and my finances, doesn’t happen on accident, it all comes out of relationship. We can’t spend so much time searching for the will of God for our lives, for our calling, that we miss out on knowing Him. While I press in to knowing Him, to being with Him- there comes the breakthrough of my trust beyond circumstance.

So I will spend my days, waking up and pursuing the heart of God. I will learn to trust slowly but surely, as I discover more about Him and His character. The greatest adventure we have at our fingertips is walking in intimacy with God. He’s asking us to come up on the mountain to meet with him. So I’m embracing this adventure with everything I have. I will meet with you there my God.

JESUS, I TRUST YOU.

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“COME UP TO ME ON THIS MOUNTAIN…”

EXODUS 24:1

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WORDS + PHOTOS BY TIFFANY LAMBERT.

TIFFANY IS FULL TIME WITH YWAM SAN DIEGO/BAJA AND LEADS THE PHOTO-STORYTELLING DTS

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Come Up To Me On This Mountain