Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Mountains. Monstrous slabs of stone piercing the clouds. Unmovable. Unshakeable. Ancient giants, watching over the valleys and plains below. Terrifying and yet so, so beautiful.
I cried when I first witnessed the amazing, creative power of God in the Rocky Mountains. I was a young girl, in the car with my family. It was the first time for all of us to see this masterpiece of landscape. I held myself together for a while, but the first moment I was alone, I wept.
Why, I don’t really know. I suppose it was a mixture of emotions. I remember feeling overwhelming awe at the sight of something so beautiful, but also feeling afraid. What was I afraid of? The sheer power and might of the mountains themselves? Or was it the power and might of their designer that scared me? Perhaps I was simply overcome by humility. . . I felt so small in the shadow of these beasts and was slapped by the reality of a new perspective. However, I couldn’t help the feeling that God had constructed the Rockies just for me.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)
I’ve been back to the mountains many times since then. Those feelings have not diminished. Except for the fear. The fear is slowly being replaced by gratitude. Before, I saw the mountains as a symbol of how small and separated I was from God. How insignificant I was. How ugly I was in comparison to all else God had made.
As I got older, I came to the realization that God has not made one insignificant or ugly thing ever! And yes, I am small, but not separated from God.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)
I love hiking. I love having the Rockies stuck to my boots. I love seeing the valleys and plains that they overlook. I love looking down at the clouds. It’s a feeling like no other.
You see, God did create the mountains for me, to remind me of His greatness. To remind me that with Him on my side, what shall I fear? I can conquer giants.
I am small, but not separated from God. He sent His son, Jesus. He became small so that we would no longer tremble beneath the ever growing mountains, but that mountains would tremble before Him. He became small to show that we are the beloved of all God’s creation.
I am small, but not separated from God. And despite my size, I have the ability to possess massive strength and faith in Christ’s name.
I am small, but not separated from God. And I have moved mountains. I have overcome fear. I’ve trampled over heartbreak and loss.
The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord… – Psalm 97: 5
So, now when I gaze upon the beauty of the mountains, I see the power and majesty of God. I see the mountains as reminders of what I can achieve when the strength of God is on my side. For I overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves me (Romans 8:37).
“…For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move…” – Matthew 17:20
Now, by no means does the Bible say that dedicated, faithful Christians will never encounter “mountains” in their lives. Quite the contrary. As Christians, we face many struggles and challenges that others may not. The difference is that we have assurance that God is in control of the situation. Our faith does not necessarily remove obstacles from our path, but gives us the ability to encounter them with grace and courage, sometimes completely crushing them beneath our feet. Let the way you face challenges be a testament of your steadfast faith in our Lord and let your triumph reveal His power.
Of course, as Christians, we know that the ultimate victory is the promise of eternal life we have, all thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice. And we patiently await the day when every knee will bow before the beauty and majesty of God. Even the mountains will kneel before their creator. At that moment, we will be free from the metaphoric mountains of sickness, temptation, addiction and loss, and what I beautiful relief that will be.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” – John 14:1-4
And I secretly hope that somewhere in heaven, God has a log cabin in in the mountains, just for me.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21