God extended an invitation for 20 weary women to “meet with Him on the mountain” in Banner Elk, NC. (Exodus 24:12) God worked in amazing ways beyond what we asked or imagined as I lead a retreat for the women of All Saints Anglican Church of Newport.
Our place of refuge was called Rainbow Run! As the sun shone through the windows, rainbow makers reflected spectrums on the ceiling in this beautiful mountain home. Do I need to say more? For those of you have had read my work and know me… rainbows are God’s sweet reminder of His promise, “I am with you”, His “holy kisses” as sweet reminders of His love like a God wink, as one of the ladies shared this weekend. God most definitely met with us on the mountain!
We laid our burdens at the foot of the cross, dug into God’s Word, and prayed for renewal. The ladies began to see and remember, God has pursued them with passion, purpose, and provided all they needed for a life of prayer. Re-discovering their purpose, and remembering his faithfulness through journaling brought tears of joy. The women renewed their identity as a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s treasured possession. (1 Peter 2:9) I witnessed God’s moving in their beautiful spirits. Their hearts were yearning to find Rest in Him.
These ladies came with open hearts and minds, ready to find rest and receive all God had in store. All pretenses were set aside, and the Spirit moved in beautiful ways! God blessed us not only with a beautiful place to retreat and delicious meals, but with sweet times of sharing and prayer – confession and intercession, times to reflect and journal by the river, billows of laughter roaring from the kitchen J, meaningful moments shared at Samaritan’s Purse, and the fun outdoor adventure of roasting S’mores and hotdogs on a fire at the top of Eagle’s Nest. Most of all, the sweet love God gave us for each other made the weekend rich and full. God blesses where there is unity. It was like sweet fragrant oil, the dew… running down the mountain. (Psalm 133)
On the way home from the retreat, I sang praise all the way down the mountain for all that God has done in answer to our prayers! (I’m also singing “Meet me in the River” as our retreat was located right beside the Elk River.) I stopped in Boone for coffee at Higher Grounds. The young lady who took my order told me she saw the sunrise on Sunday morning and it was especially unique. She said, “There was a rainbow.” J She continued, “I hope that means it’s going to be a good day.” I assured her it was going to be a great day! I briefly used her comments to tell her why I was visiting the area after having stayed in Banner Elk to lead a retreat with some really special friends at a beautiful home called Rainbow Run!
I’m so thankful God handpicked these dear women to meet with Him on the mountain.