Mountains. Oh how I love them! I can remember being little and thinking that summer was supposed to be my favorite season and the beach my favorite place. I can remember thinking, “who could like the mountains?” Wow. Times have changed 🙂
I couldn’t imagine a world without the mountains. They bring me such joy. I love being in the mountains and walking through quaint towns, driving through the picturesque country, hiking on trails, camping, visiting local coffee shops. The mountains are therapeutic for me. They make me breathe a little deeper, think a little more, and smile.
About two weeks ago my family went to Blowing Rock, and I might or might not have had a pumpkin spice latte… I know you may role your eyes, but fall is my favorite season and the weather simply warranted one. I also might add that it was one of the best I’ve ever had! We ate at an adorable restaurant called the Foggy Rock Eatery, drank coffee from the Camp Coffee Roasters, visited and bought candy from the Mast General Store, we ate ice cream at Kilwins, and we walked through down town Blowing Rock. It was my kinda day, and not just because it was in the mountains, but also because we mainly ate in some form at every stop! 🙂
Just being there threw me into “fall” gear, much to my family and friend’s demise. It made me think about pumpkins and apples… I won’t get started because I might not be able to stop. hehe But it truly made me happy.
I opened my devotional a few days afterward, and it made me smile when I read it. It’s a perfect metaphor of the mountains in a spiritual sense.
From Talk to Me, Jesus by Marie Chapian
Who is the one who reaches the peaks of high mountains? Who climbs the distant side of the treacherous cliffs where an unstable toe- hold could lead to death? Who dares such a climb enduring storms, thirst, hunger, pain, and exhaustion, and doesn’t give up until reaching the top? I’ll tell you who. It’s the one who has trained for the climb. What about you? The higher calling boot camp of My Holy Spirit is taking registration now. Are you preparing to climb above the sharp ridges of trial and loss, and invest in the solid foothold of higher calling faith gear? Or do you prefer hanging out in the spongy pap of low land spinelessness? The mountain waits (Chapman.)
Spiritually speaking, mountains are not always associated with joy. Usually they are used as a metaphor for the difficult part of the journey in someone’s life. Climbing up a mountain is usually hard, and we all know life can be hard too. There’s storms, pain, and exhaustion.
Sometimes we don’t submit to Jesus wholeheartedly because we fear that climb. We fear what He will call us to conquer. What we forget, however, is that God has our highest good in mind in every decision he makes on our behalf and every decision He lovingly calls us to. In Psalms we are reminded countless times of God’s many attributes. Take a look for yourself. He is described as Loving, Merciful, Deliverer, Righteous, Most High, a Shield, a Fortress, a Rock, and a High Tower. Those are only a few. How could a God with those characteristics, and our highest good in mind, call us to anything without guiding us and helping us through it.
Psalm 18:27-29 says this:
“For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Holy Bible: the KJV study Bible: King James Version.)
In this passage of scripture God first lights the way for David, making his path clear. Then David recalls, as he prepares to follow God, the other trials he has conquered with God’s help. David then states that God is perfect, tried, and a buckler to those who trust in Him.
Don’t be afraid today to follow God because you’re afraid of the climb, because God has promised to go with you. And those who have trained for that climb by taking refuge in God, “is the one who reaches the peaks of high mountains” (Chapman.)
What does train mean?
It means holding on to faith, trusting your Heavenly Father. It means choosing faith even when you feel fearful. Faith over feelings! Sometimes our feelings are strong, but the power of God is stronger. And if Jesus resides within you, you have that power inside of you! You need only appeal to the Holy Spirit for help.
2.) God’s Word
Be in His Word. God’s Word is a lamp and a light. Jesus in Psalm 18 enlightened David’s darkness, and the best way to know Jesus, is by being in His Word. Recently, my Sunday school teacher made the comment that the Bible shows us two things: our nature and God’s nature. We know our sinful nature, but what about God’s perfect nature? What could we learn about Him if we took some time to be in His Word? We would find that He is faithful and therefore, can be trusted!
Talking to your Heavenly Father is key! Yes, He knows what is going to happen, but that’s no excuse to opt out of prayer. He wants to hear you call out to Him and lean on Him. He wants the opportunity to answer your prayers and to speak to you, but He can’t do that if you don’t talk to Him. The Lord is the perfect gentleman. One step toward Him and He will run to you! But He also will quietly wait on you with His loving whispers. He is gentle, not obnoxious. Psalm 9:10 says, “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee” (Holy Bible: the KJV study Bible: King James Version.) God won’t forsake those who seek His face. Rather, He will be able to better instruct and guide you as you seek Him, resulting in better preparation for the path ahead of you.
This might appear small and insignificant, but it’s very important. After you have chosen faith, to be in God’s Word, and to pray, you must not be only a hearer, but a doer of God’s Word! Begin to practice stepping out in faith, trusting God, listening to Him and what He says in His Word through small tasks– because he who is faithful in little will we faithful in much. You can begin this by trusting Him with those things that seem to small to even mention, such as finding a parking space, or being able to get your to do list accomplished, or about the weather for a party you’re hosting. God cares about even the tiniest details 😉
Ultimately, whether you acknowledge the mountain or not, it is waiting. In fact mountains will be waiting everywhere for you to climb. Trials are inevitable, as I have said before. The difference is whether you choose to prepare and face them with Jesus, or ignore them and try on your own when they come– because they will come.
One area I haven’t touched on yet, is the mountain top. I mean when you go hiking, you don’t hike up the mountain, sweating and out of breathe, for no reason! You hike for the end- the view awaiting you at the top. And the Gospel of Jesus is after all a Gospel of hope and joy. God’s Word says in Psalm 30:5, “in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Holy Bible: the KJV study Bible: King James Version.)
That mountain God has asked you to climb has a top. It’s kind of like a weight-loss journey. It seems impossible. Most don’t enjoy the journey. But when you reach your goal- when you get there, you see all your efforts were somehow worth it! Similarly, the mountains this life brings us might be less than enjoyable, even painful, leaving a few scars, but when we reach the top, we come out with a victory and “one for the books”- serving as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and love for the next valley.
And what’s more encouraging, if you are a believer, and you can be if you’re not yet- I urge you to become a believer now, today!- then there is a day when no more sorrow or pain will we endure! It’s the promise of heaven to every believer in Jesus Christ! Now that’s a reward worth celebrating!
So wherever you’re at in your journey, remember:
1.) Mountains are inevitable
2.) BUT God is faithful and loving
3.) He is right there waiting for us to seek Him and ask for His help- and He WILL help you!
4.) The climb is worth it
5.) Because… there is a top!
6.) But even better is heaven with Jesus forever ❤
I hope you feel encouraged and ready to train for that awaiting mountain. God loves you dearly, never forget that! If you have any questions or want to know more about salvation, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a blessed day!
Chapman, Marie. Talk to me, Jesus. Racine: BroadStreet, 2015. Print.
Holy Bible: the KJV study Bible: King James Version. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Pub., 2011. Print.
Mountain quote. Digital image. Yeah Yeah. Web. 12 July 2017.