We have always loved the mountains of North Georgia since we began bringing the children here to see snow many years ago. Well, we don't have snow in south Florida - so seeing those mountains in the distance brought smiles to their wide-eyed faces!
Naturally, there were not many outsiders up in the mountains back then, and we loved the small town atmosphere. Everyone knew everyone, and all we met were a pleasure to spend time with. Our Florida home was nestled in the wooded outskirts of town and it also was peaceful and quiet, but things were changing and we sought out the slow paced life in the Georgia mountains several times a year.
You can't help but feel closer to God when you are surrounded by His intricate handiwork.
The smell, the silence broken only by sounds of nature and your footstep...they are so soothing to the mind and spirit. Yet at times, mountains can cause us great distress.
You see, mountains don't move. That is a fact!
Along with the fact that mountains are majestic and beautiful to behold, mountains also can be used to describe the trials and heartaches in our life. So a mountain can be a huge problem! Maybe it is the loss of a loved one, a time when you are about to face a long road in dealing with an illness, marriage issues, or maybe a wayward child.
The walk of the Christian will most likely go like this:
You are either walking toward a mountain and heading toward a rough climb...or you are enjoying finally coming off the mountain and relaxing in the calm of the valley. But for sure, in time, you will be headed toward another climb.
We often spend time praying to God to deliver us from the rough mountain trek. We clearly explain our needs and desires, we moan and cry about how impossible this mountain is in our life. Surely He will deliver us from the terrible ordeal!
Yet in most cases, God desires for us to be strengthened through this experience, and our relationship with Him allows us to grow spiritually. We are being shaped to be all He desires us to be and to be used through this experience in His service.
Are you climbing a mountain right now?
Prayer will enable you to tell that mountain, "With God I will overcome!"
Remember, God is bigger than your mountain. We must not let the mountains in our life control us. But through the spiritual strength God places within us, we can endure and overcome our mountain.