“Climbing A Mountain”?!

“I will make all my mountains a way”  IS. 49:11

God will always make obstacles serve His purpose.  Let’s face it:  we all have, had, or will have mountains to climb in our lives.  There are people, things, and or circumstances that loom large in our pathway and threaten to prevent us from going forward (i.e. job, boss, family member, legal problem, financial indebtedness, etc.) .  We often think these are the things that keep us from victorious living, and from living purer, more compassionate and tender lives – and often pray for their removal.  These things are put in our lives to bring about the birthing of the very elements of grace and virtue that we desire and have been praying for.

We ask for greater compassion and tenderness in order to better relate and minister to others, only to feel isolated and rejected as others treat us harshly with misunderstanding and suspicion.  We would ask God to remove the obstacles of harshness, misunderstanding and suspicion out of our way so that we could love the offender with compassion and tenderness.  But to remove these obstacles would eliminate the very elements that challenge our level of compassion and tenderness.  The mountains that appear to hinder our way, obscure our vision and deplete our strength as we endeavor to climb them are the very things that build in us new strength, stamina, new depth and new growth.  No matter how high the mountain or adverse the circumstances, God will make a way.  God will always make a way when there is no other way.

We must stop fighting the obstacle, be it a mountain or a hill, and submit ourselves to the plan of God.  Meet every trial in Him, with Him, and by Him.  The mountains are HIS mountains.  He put them there for our good.  And He will not fail to lead us over and through them – BECAUSE HE WANTS US TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE.

Remember:  “The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”  John Ruskin

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems”.


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