Good Morning Brothers…

When I pull up the sawmill in Idaho, on Google Earth, and look at the terrain north of the mill. There are about 2 roads that cross that country between I-90 and the Canadian border. It is forest. Thick with trees and deep drainage’s bordered with steep slopes. They say if Northern Idaho was flattened out, it would be as wide as the State of Texas. I don’t know if that is true…but I can testify to the steepness of its terrain. There have been plenty of times where I could reach out and touch the ground while facing the slope. That’s steep. I have stood on old logging roads at dark and listened to elk bugle in the hills around me. At times I’ve heard the distinct howls of timber wolves as they have moved through the area. I’ve witnessed the caution of black bears as they calculate each step against the chance of detection.

I’ve climbed through the snow of Montana to walk along the Continental Divide and surprised Mountain Goats taking an afternoon nap. I’ve bent down to study the Mountain Lion tracks and then cautiously stared into the trees around me searching for the great cat. Climbing through the rocks above treeline, I’ve looked down onto Bald Eagle nests and watched a momma Eagle feed her young unaware of my presence.

In the wilderness areas of Wyoming’s high country, I’ve watched Big Horn Sheep materialize out of the mountain mist and then disappear again…leaving you to question your own eyes. I’ve witnessed Grizzly’s walking through brush like a bulldozer and then vanish into thin air when I ventured too close. I’ve seen about every apparition possible in those Wyoming craggy peaks and sparsely wooded drainage’s…but in all of my travels…I’ve never seen Bigfoot.

The Bible says in John 1:18, “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.”

And again in 1 John 4:12, “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.”

If seeing is believing…what do we see…that compels us to believe?

The Native Americans of the Northwest have legend after legend about Sasquatch. There are cave drawings dating back hundreds of years depicting this creature. There are literally hundreds of plaster casts of footprints, limited videos, some pictures, but the eyewitness accounts are in the thousands…and yet most of us don’t believe in Bigfoot. But we would stake our life (in fact we do) on the existence of God. Why is that…?

Psalm 145: 6-13 says, “Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, 
And I will tell of Your greatness. 
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness 
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.   The LORD is gracious and merciful; 
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. 
The LORD is good to all, 
And His mercies are over all His works. 
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, 
And Your godly ones shall bless You. 
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom 
And talk of Your power; 
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts 
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. “

The Psalmist says that men will speak openly about God’s power and greatness. That the results of God’s work within us will bubble out in joyful shouts and eager utterances of praise. That when we bear witness to what we see…we give glory to the One who blessed us with sight. The Psalmist goes on to say in verses 14-21:

“The LORD sustains all who fall 
And raises up all who are bowed down. 
The eyes of all look to You, 
And You give them their food in due time. 
You open Your hand 
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all His ways 
And kind in all His deeds. 
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, 
To all who call upon Him in truth. 
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; 
He will also hear their cry and will save them. 
The LORD keeps all who love Him, 
But all the wicked He will destroy. 
My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, 
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”

Have you felt that?

Have you felt Him lifting you up…have you felt His loving kindness…have you felt His sustaining presence in your life? When you spend your quiet moments seeking God, do you find Him? The feel of those spiritual arms as they wrap us up in an eternal embrace happens when we seek Him. We see God in everything we do…simply because He is in everything we do. When God was asked to describe Himself…He said, “I AM”.

We believe in something we don’t see…because we feel God working within us, around us, and through us. More than that, we are a part of Him, as He is a part of us…our experiences testify to the supernatural workings of the Spirit. (Some stuff you just can’t make up…!) When God moves, we feel it all the way down to our toes…we are affected in some manner more than physical…more than emotional…it is the ringing of our spiritual bell…the electricity of a soul unified to its Creator…we “SEE”…HIS GLORY….!!

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