"Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit." -Pope Francis I

Monday, September 7, 2015

Mountaintop Moment

A couple weeks ago I was in Utah with my college soccer team. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm in the middle of preseason. Preseason consists of 2ish weeks of 4-a-days, and a month of preseason matches to help prepare us for conference matches. During our time in Utah we played 2 preseason matches. I'd never been to Utah, so I was super excited to see and adventure around! The trip was really special not only was I able to play the sport I love, but also see some amazing things with some of my closest friends.

During our time there my team and I climbed up a huge water fall on a mountain. It was A M A Z I N G. Although climbing up the waterfall was somewhat stressful, I made it to the top and didn't break any bones! God bless my teammates and trainer, who saved me from falling to my death a few times(:


Anyways, as I stood there, at the top of the water fall, the view took my breath away. I couldn't help but think of God and how He made this beautiful view with me in mind. In my head I pictured God creating the waterfall and mountains and saying "wow Allie is just going to LOVE this when she visits." Maybe that sounds silly, but for me it was a powerful experience that reminded me of how tender and compassionate God the Father is. I think sometimes we lose sight of the fact that God the Father is gentle. Too often we think of God as emotionless and harsh. We forget that He desires to have a relationship with us.
 As I stood there in awe of the mountains and waterfall, I began to blush. You know the way girls blush when a cute guy brings them flowers or compliments them? Yep that's exactly how I felt and probably looked, as I witnessed the beauty of creation. 
All females, no matter how old, long to be romanced, enchanted, and longed for by our Creator. As I've gotten older, I've become more and more aware of that need in my heart. Sometimes I feel childish for wanting God to sweep me off my feet. But in reality that's exactly what God wants; for us to desire Him just as He desires us. He loves us so much, and wants us to live the life He created us for. A life that is full of joy and wonder and whimsy. He wants to sweep us off our feet. He wants to woo us. 

Accepting this love from God, and letting Him enchant me has been a real struggle for me in the last year or so. College has made me very independent. Letting God romance me makes me feel weak and vulnerable. I like to be in control. But when I was on top of that waterfall, I was able to see the the hand and love of God working in my life. For the first time in a while I truly felt special in the eyes of my Creator. Through this experience I was able to let go and let God do His thing. By letting him take his rightful place in my life, I've received a lot of peace and consolation. 

 It is my hope and prayer that all women, from ages 2 to 62 and beyond, may know they are precious in the eyes of the Father. That they may know they are God's princess, God's treasure, God's delight. You are never too old to be romanced by God. Be on the look out for the seemingly ordinary things God has placed in your life to remind you of His love and affection.

God Bless you all!

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