“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers (Psalms 1:3 ESV).
Well… it’s been a whirlwind of a summer, and I quite clearly haven’t gotten around to updating this blog in a long time. I have seen countless demonstrations of God’s grace over the past months and am confident I will see His good works continue through the upcoming quarter at UC Davis and on into eternity. After all, “… to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7 NASB). Why is grace on my mind in the first place?
Though my thoughts are somewhat jumbled at the moment, I can think of three main reasons for a grace-centric disposition. 1) I feel disappointed in myself that I have not dedicated the time to blogging my spiritual reflections for the past many weeks given that doing so strengthens my relationship with God and keeps me focused on things Heavenly. Thankfully, the Father’s grace tells me not to worry about my countless shortcomings. 2) I realize I will face many trials during the upcoming academic term, and a holy abundance of grace will prove invaluable during this period. 3) I have had several recent experiences that highlight God’s grace in allowing me to do the things I love (e.g. hiking, mountaineering) and not kill myself in the process! Here’s a very brief background on reason number three.
This blog demonstrates that I love hiking in the great outdoors and worshipping God in the process. Some would debate the theological basis and significance of what I feel is one of my spiritual “callings,” but I feel that the Father has guided me to pray over His people and Creation from the mountaintops. To these ends I had two primary adventures this summer. In light of God’s graciousness for brevity, the photos and captions will tell the rest of the story.