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Seeing The Other Side of The Mountain

The Bear Went Over The Mountain by yancy9, CC BY 2.0
For now the winter is past; the rain has ended and gone away.  The blossoms appear in the countryside. The time of singing has come, and the turtledove's cooing is heard in our land. The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one.
-Song of Solomon 2:11-13

Some of us have been waiting for springtime for a very long time.  We have been in a sort of hibernation, waiting for our wintertime to be over.  I believe it is finally that time.

The winter has finally passed.  You will no longer complain about a distant God, but now have a voracious appetite for the Bible, to read God's written words.  You will hunger for and desire to feed on the word of God.

We have been like a bear in hibernation, who was looking forward to spring.  We would awaken and venture out of our caves, again and again, only to find thick winter clouds obscuring the other side of the mountain.  Then, we would go back to our cave and hibernate some more.  We would keep getting the grace to awaken, but we could not see the other side of the mountain.

There was not enough sun shine for us to see, because of the cold clouds.  We have believed that the mountain was there, but our vision was obscured by the winter clouds.

Then, again, we had the grace to wake up, once more, and things were different.  The winter was now over and we can see the other side of the mountain.  We went back and demolished our winter den and have been heading for the other side of the mountain.

Now, on the other side of the mountain, it is spring, and we can begin to see the river, that we will cross to the other side of, into our destinies, on our life journeys.  Spring is now here for many people.


Do you know this song?


The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see.
And all that he could see, and all that he could see
Was the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain
The other side of the mountain, was all that he could see.

The bear went over the river, the bear went over the river
The bear went over the river, to see what he could see.
And all that he could see, and all that he could see
Was the other side of the river, the other side of the river
The other side of the river, was all that he could see.

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