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Amazing Grace

  • This is the story of how we stumbled into God's Amazing Grace on a bright and sunny spring day (yesterday).We love the great outdoors and find ways to get there as often as possible so we headed over to grab our friend Brittney, and go hiking. Spring break for the local schools meant her daughter would be enjoying the day with us too. She always likes to hike with her Mom, so we headed up to Table Mountain, commonly referred to as "Table-Top" as it is as flat as a table from a distance, although you wouldn't think so to hike it. Our hope was to hike to the crosses...

    I think the picture says it all... although we were very sad to see the cross like this... for as long as I can remember you could go to this mountain top and see three wooden crosses just randomly placed, concreted in, in replica of the sacrifice... when we parked to go hike and see them we saw new “NO TRESPASSING” signs. As we were trying to decide what to do ( Dave was sure we should heed the warning) we saw about 3 groups of people already on their way to said crosses, so we decided to chance it and take the hike... not smart, I know. So when we get there we find them all torn down and only one left in good repair, the rest are broken up on the ground. It broke our hearts! Apparently someone has bought the land and is using it for cattle now so they probably took the crosses down so people would not have a reason to cross the no trespassing signs. We were sad but also refreshed by all the heart blessings we found and the beauty of the place, so we made our way back to the car. As we were in the car getting ready to leave, a man came by taking pictures of license plates, we were watching him so he explained that the problem was people had no regard for the fence and would push it down to get there and let the cattle out. I get it, but it made me sad.  By Amazing Grace we were already in the car and not on the property anymore so he didn’t take our plate down, making me feel like God was watching out for us, which I am extremely grateful for as we are not ones to usually disregard a sign like that, but we are human and do have moments of misjudgment... that being said we were still blessed by the sight of the cross that was left behind and all the hearts God sent our way, not to mention the frog we found that made me think of Leslie McLean’s post on F.R.O.G. Have you read it yet? Good post about a Guidepost article on F.R.O.G.>>Fully Rely On God! While I highly recommend you read her post or the Guidepost Article itself, I do not recommend entering a place that says not to and I believe we have learned a lesson we already knew… even if you can’t comprehend the why… it’s best not to lean on your own understanding but to just heed the warning signs. God gives us guide lines to follow to help us live happy, healthy lives for a reason; usually having to do with our safety or wellbeing. When we forget to follow those guide lines we can open ourselves up to trouble if we are not careful. The Amazing grace is we can always turn back to the life God has planned for us just by simply acknowledging our mistake, asking to be forgiven and move forward in the knowledge of our Father's Loving Grace. God is faithful that way. May you know our Heavenly Father’s peace, and may you encounter his love today and always.

     

     

     Resources:

    Leslie Mclea

    _https://www.guideposts.org/hope-and-faith/faith-little-green-frog-inspiring-people-everywhere?post_id=514868518697577_514868515364244#_=_

    Photography by:

    Dianna Wyles


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