Mountain Top Shofar
It’s Rosh Hashanah 5779 and September 11, 2018 at the same time! I searched my computer for this photo and found it in a file I had labeled, “Sad Summer”. That year, 2015, I had gone hiking by myself after losing my beloved husband to Glioblastoma, appropriately named, not just as a disease but an experience that slowly blasts away one’s brain. After my world turned upside down and the pace slowed to an agonizing empty gap, my time was spent questioning everything in my life including my salvation.
As I sought relief from the dark valley I was in, I learned to blow the shofar. And yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. ~Psalm 23:4 There is something healing and encouraging about blowing a shofar, especially up on a mountain top. I was reminded that I was not alone and that valleys and mountaintops come and go.
In this season, we can observe that the enemy has done a number on us. In our nation and in the world we are more divided than ever, many of our families are in shambles, the earth is quaking and groaning, and as I write, a massive hurricane bears down on the coast that could affect people that I care about. My flesh tells me to stock up on bread and milk and hunker down awhile in my comfort zone cave for a few months, but the Lord is calling out, “DON’T YOU DO THAT”, at least don’t stay there.
There are lives at stake; lost, broken, angry frustrated souls all around us who have been deceived into sin and unbelief who desperately need healing in truth and in love. So this sounding of the shofar is a battle cry to stand in the gap: PRAY, FAST, OBEY THE HOLY SPIRIT, LOVE, CONFRONT (if necessary), and by all means DO NOT GIVE UP! Again, if the trumpet sounds a muffled call, who will prepare for battle? ~1 Corinthians 14:8 And always be reminded, Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~Ephesians 6:12
Sounding Shofar: (note: my shofar blowing sounds more like a wailing cow. Praise Yahweh, this is not me.)