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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast

I am sitting at Lago Vista Bed and Breakfast, http://www.lagovistabedandbreakfast.com/ , in Broken Bow Oklahoma, looking out a large window watching the sun rise over the Broken Bow Lake.  A lovey sight!Lago Vista is located 3 Miles from Beavers Bend State Park, so you can imagine how beautiful the landscape is, even in the winter!  Todd has been asked to speak at Broken Bow's Football Banquet.  A great honor and one he does not take lightly.

I am thankful for a time to be alone with Todd and with the Lord.  A time of reflecting-which I have committed that to this day, at least until time for the banquet. 

Our room is on the second floor with two large windows and a privacy balcony overlooking the Broken Bow Lake.  Breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and fruit was hand delivered to my room.  We took a two mile hike to the lake with Sooner, the owner's dog leading the way.

The hike was incredible, down the mountain to the lake and then back up to the home.  I say incredible because I like the idea of  a hike-the idea of hiking through the woods.  Notice I said, "the idea" of hiking!  I like it until I physically do it.  Going down the mountain to the lake was slippery, coming up was difficult but Todd was there to push me up-yes literally push me up! 

As I was walking down the mountain, I thought about life.  To get  to the body of water, we had to travel down the mountain across slippery terrain of leaf covered rocks and moss.  To get to God we must also travel down-down to brokenness, brokenness over our sin.  It can be a long hard way down to our knees but you will soon reach that refreshing body of water.  Our walk becomes slippery as we become aware of our sin.  For we can either waller in self-loathing and guilt (this is where the enemy desires us to be) or we can bow, agree with God, confess our sin and ask His forgiveness.  Scripture says, Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you  free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1

This is what repentance is - agreeing and turning away from sin but you must turn to a Person-Jesus Christ Himself.  This brokenness is the only way to God-just like the path down the mountain is the only way to the lake.  You must go down!

Then a beautiful clear lake comes into view.  It was worth the hike down.  Flint rock and quartz laying side by side.  The soft and hard left unveiled by the receding water.  A question must be asked here-Where is your heart, soft and sharp as the flint or hard and shiny as the quartz?  Oh, we enjoyed the water.  Todd whittled on a stick and I tried to take in the vastness of it all.

Then it was time to start back up the mountain.  This was a hard hike as well-going to the top to get to our room-our place of rest.  I am thankful someone was with me to encourage me to continue on.  Someone to literally push me up the mountain.  I was told not to look at where I was stepping but look ahead.  To keep my focus on the goal of the home.  Paul tells us the same thing in Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  I am thankful in our Christian walk, we have people to encourage us to continue pressing on.  To encourage us and not give up.  Even though I did not want to continue up that mountain...sitting down on the rocks was not really an option.  Neither is our sitting down in our Christian walk.

Now as I write this blog, Todd has gone to explore the town and left me to what I enjoy most, reading, blogging and just quietness.  Now I know I must rejoin the world around me soon for the hour is approaching to leave for the banquet.  Coming soon will be a Banquet in heaven, prepared for us by Christ Jesus Himself.  Oh a glorious day that will be!

This blog was written Saturday, January 29, 2011

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