Directors Field Notes 2013

I lift my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121: 1-2

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I!  Psalm 61:2

VOM Booklet 2013_FINAL_LR

Climbing New Heights with Him

January, 2013

Dear Traveler,

This year we are climbing new heights in Him. We are asking Him to “lead us to the rock that
is higher than I.” In these times where it seems like storms of every kind are raging around us,
I’m reminded of an old hymn from 1880 — “Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, a shelter in the
time of storm.” He alone is our rock and there is no other; He is a tower of strength and our
hope eternal. He is the rock that is higher than I.

I recently read the devotion below written in 1859 by C.H. Sturgeon as I was traveling in the
Canadian Rockies, and I was challenged to climb not only the physical mountains that we have
to climb as we serve Him around the world but to climb new heights in my relationship with
the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust it will do the same for you.

“Get thee up into the high mountain” (Isaiah 40:9). Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like
climbing one of these mountains. When you are at the base you see but little: the mountain
itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Confined in a little valley, you discover100_5982                                        scarcely anything but the rippling brooks as they descend into the stream at the foot of the
mountain. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley lengthens and widens beneath your feet.
Go higher, and you see the country for four or five miles round, and you are delighted with
the widening prospect. Mount still, and the scene enlarges, till at last, when you are on the
summit, and look east, west, north, and south, you see almost all England lying before you.
You say, “I could not have imagined that so much could be seen at this elevation.” Now, the
Christian life is of the same order. When we first believe in Christ we see but little of him. The
higher we climb the more we discover of His beauties. But who has ever gained the summit?
Who has known all the heights and depths of the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge?
Paul, when grown old, sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say with
greater emphasis than we can, “I know whom I have believed,” for each experience had
been like the climbing of a hill, each trial had been like ascending another summit, and Paul’s
death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could see the whole of the
faithfulness and the love of Him to whom he had committed his soul. Get thee up, dear friend,
into the high mountain.

As we climb new heights in Him this year, we are looking to Him to lead us every step of the
way, but we also want to go and share this same hope with those who do not know Him as
their Rock. We have many opportunities for you to use your gifts and skills for His kingdom.
Time is short and there is much to be done before His return. So come join us on an adventure this year and climb to new heights in Him as He
takes us higher and deeper in the knowledge of who He is.

Climbing New Heights in Him,

Bev Gibson
Vessels of Mercy International