life and faith

Not at the top

From a distance, mountains draw attention as they add
shape, texture and definition to the landscape. Close up, they’re
even more impressive, and daunting if a climb is being contemplated. 

Are we adequately prepared? Have we remembered to bring all the
equipment necessary for the task? Questions flood in and fear can
paralyse our steps.

Similarly, mountains loom large and sudden in our lives,
leaving us feeling weak-kneed with indecision, crippled by anxiety
and with a heart sinking in discouragement. 

How in the world do
we
face up to (never mind scale) this
mountain of:
shame, sickness, pain, grief, hardship, loss,
failure or financial pressure?
It all seems so insurmountable. 
And it probably is in our own strength, which is naturally limited by
weariness, weakness, doubt and fear.
These mountains cast a dark shadow over our days (and
often our nights too) as they appear impenetrable and immovable. At
times like this it helps to check in with our mountain-moving God and
get His perspective on the situation.
Is this one we circle with endurance, no matter how long
it takes? Or ask Him to remove? Or scale with His assistance? The
answer can vary. It may involve all three possibilities to some
extent.
I’ve circled, trudged weary and slow for years around a
mountain of sickness and pain, my shoes full of wilderness sand that
I just long to shake off.
In the past I crept slower still around a mountain of
deep depression, despair and discouragement, heavily laden with guilt
and shame over the emotional and sexual abuse I encountered as a
child.
Sometimes the mountain ground me down. Often-times, it
seemed to edge away a little into the distance. But it never
disappeared completely…
….I’d love you to come on over with me and read the rest here where I am excited to be guest posting for my writer friend, Chris Morris today…

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4 Comments

  1. Kathy J Snow 30th September 2013
    • Joy Lenton 1st October 2013
  2. Jedidja 1st October 2013
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