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.
leaving us feeling weak-kneed with indecision, crippled by anxiety
and with a heart sinking in discouragement.
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.
weariness, weakness, doubt and fear.
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.
it takes? Or ask Him to remove? Or scale with His assistance? The
answer can vary. It may involve all three possibilities to some
mountain of sickness and pain, my shoes full of wilderness sand that
I just long to shake off.
deep depression, despair and discouragement, heavily laden with guilt
and shame over the emotional and sexual abuse I encountered as a
seemed to edge away a little into the distance. But it never