The sweetest relationships we have are with those who stand by us - through storms, through sorrows, through deserts ... through it all.
Those of you who've known me for very long know that I'm extraordinarily blessed to have had God put a worship leader in my life - named Lauren - who took it upon herself to become my discipler. That was back when I was 19 - which was a little while ago. Far further into the future than either of could've seen "back in the day" - here we are still having conversations about God - and encouraging each other to keep drawing closer to Him.
But - even Lauren (who's a force to reckon with herself) can not hold a candle to God's staying power. Nor can I. Nor can you. Nor can anyone. We have to look to God to understand faithfulness ... we mustn't look to one another for it - because this is one of our greatest human frailties.
This verse says all we need to know about God ... "every mountain may disappear ... but I will always be kind and merciful to you."
We know about kindness failing and mercy falling apart ... but not so with God. He is a mountain of stability to the mountains when it comes to His determination.
What burdens do you have? Lay them on God's shoulders. We don't want our burdens - we think we'd gladly trade them in. We sometimes feel like we have to hide them from one another ... that people only love us because they do not know about them. Not so with God though. He sees them. He treasures them. Knowing full well the depths of our hearts - He doesn't love us less, or judge us more. Rather - He wants to use our burdens, our best - all of us in fact - to reveal to us His kindness, His mercifulness, His heart for us ... in other words ... Himself.