Most people use mountains as a symbol of the big and ominous trials of life. They focus on moving mountains and getting over mountains. They see mountains with a filter of fear, anxiety, and stubbornness. It looks something like this:
But what if we looked at mountains as big and beautiful rather than big and scary. The mountains bow in reverence to the Lord Almighty, so there is no need to fear them. They were created to show the power and majesty of the Lord, who is for us and not against us. They were not created to turn us away from the Lord, but to pull us in closer as we gaze in awe and wonder of our massive and mysterious God.
We spent the end of our time in Nepal doing trekking ministry. After a couple days of trekking through the Annapurna Mountains in the Himalayas, we spent time evangelizing in a secluded village, and then trekked to Pokhara to spend the night before heading home.
After the first day of trekking, we stayed the night at a trekking lodge and it was such a sweet time. We drank lots of tea, ate meals, and bonded as a team all while looking out at the Lord’s beautiful creation around us. It was rainy most of the time, so we were basically hanging out in the clouds that surrounded us. Regardless, the view was breathtaking. The mountains hid us from the rest of the world and it felt so peaceful. Little did we know we hadn’t seen anything yet. In the morning the clouds had disappeared and in there place stood mountains that made you strain your neck to see. It was unreal how big they were, and somehow we couldn’t see them the day before. After a mere ten minutes of gazing with jaws dropped, the clouds rolled in once again and the bigger mountains disappeared.
In that moment I realized that what I had just witnessed was just like our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Most of the time we question if the Lord is working in our life or if he really has a plan because we can’t see him or hear him. But just like the mountains hidden by the clouds, our heavenly vision is often clouded by our earthly vision, our earthly desires. The Lord is always present, he is always moving, we just can’t always see it. But we have to trust in the moments that life is cloudy that the Lord will bring clarity, because he WILL show up in BIG ways. And we can’t just go on about our own lives not taking the time to wait for the Lord because we will miss it if we don’t take time to be still and abide in Him. Instead, bow in reverence to the Lord our God, just like the beautiful mountains do.
So next time you see a mountain, look at it more like this:
Now I will step off my soap box and get to packing because next stop…. USA!