The Mountain

You may have never thought about it but life is like a mountain.  There is a time to climb, a time to sit down and rest and a time to acknowledge that you will never reach the top here in this life.  You could almost wonder if our Creator put them here in our world to teach us something of value.  There are several things you could recognize as you think about it. 

When you climb you always need to be looking up eager for what you might see next.  We are often told to forget looking behind - to forget what we might have done if we had thought about it and look upwards expecting to see great things ahead.  It would seem that is a wise plan as we can’t change what is behind, but we can change how we look at the future and the limitless possibilities we can look forward to.  The problem is we as human beings have forgotten what it is like to assume tomorrow because there is currently so much evil in our world.  We can’t imagine how we could correct it, but still maybe we could manage to plant a seed for someone else’s journey up the mountain.

The dictionary defines a mountain as a natural elevation of the earth’s surface, typically rising  higher than a hill.  We have used the term often today to describe any problem that we have that is not easily conquered or removed.  They are often stressful and sometimes never conquered and yet God’s word tells us that If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).

Life at its best will always be a challenge, but clearing out some of the debris might enable us to leave something of value behind, something that people could use as a challenge for their own lives as they struggle through the mud and mire of our times.  Many of you might admit that you never expected life to be easy, but you did think it would be worth it.  What gives something worth?

It is always satisfying to us if we decide to tackle something and things go according to what we desire.  Often these days it is hard to decide just how to handle a specific problem and sometimes we even decide to give it up because it doesn’t seem to be worth it.  But you will have to admit that it gives you great satisfaction when you find yourself able to solve a problem with your own wits and your own strength.  Do you ever wonder what our Creator thinks about our struggles which seem to be sometimes like mountains?  I know, in our difficult times, that He would like to remind us - For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed (Isaiah 54:10).  That does have a way of putting a different perspective on these earthly lives of ours and it also gives us a great and much needed peace.

One of the biggest problems we have though is that our struggle so often affects the lives of those around us.  They may feel that we should just give it up and regroup because it is making their lives uncomfortable as well as ours.  An unfulfilled struggle doesn’t have to mean that we are failures; it could simply mean that we are smart enough not to be ridiculous.  We can always ask for help; something that allows us to share our humanity with one another.  On the other hand, it also gives us the opportunity to convict someone who doesn’t know our Lord by giving Him the credit for what we alone could not accomplish.  Maybe we should give that option more credit as we try to be a witness for our Creator and also because we want very much to please Him.

Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths (Isaiah 2:3).

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA