Understanding the Experiences of Life: Mountain

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Understanding the Experiences of Life: Mountain

Are you facing an obstacle in your life that is as HUGE as a mountain? Do you have NO IDEA how you are going to resolve this issue? Does it seem INSURMOUNTABLE to you?

Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

–Mark 11:22-24 (ESV)

What happens if you pray and the mountain is actually removed?

One of the most amazing and delightful attributes of the particular area in which I live is the gorgeous mountain that is in the vicinity. At 14,409 feet, Mt. Rainier adorns my environment in stunning and spectacular display…as long as it is not raining. Seriously, I find it breathtaking and intoxicating to observe. One evening on my way home, I stopped my car to take this amazing photo of the moon rising over its crest. I often reflect on the scripture found in Mark in reference to a mountain.

What would it look like if you woke up one morning and found that Mt. Rainier had been thrown into the sea?

reduced size pic of mountain

The moon rising over Mt. Rainier.

Indeed, there was an unresolved situation in my life that went on for years. As mountains go, this one was NOT particularly pretty, but definitely ARDUOUS to climb. Honestly, I had no desire to go over it or around it, and yet, I lived my life trying to accommodate the fact that this mountain OBTRUDED into every aspect of my life, obscuring my ability in understanding the experiences of life.

Notice what Yeshua says, “and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done.” Apparently, I came to a place in my life that I believed that what I prayed for would be accomplished because one day I woke up and the issue was resolved; the mountain completely gone, cast into the sea, never to appear again.

Now imagine this: waking up and finding Mt. Rainier gone, cast into the sea, and no longer there! It is so tall that you cannot get over it in the winter, and if you want to go over it in the summer, it is still windy and steep, albeit very scenic. A person can get to eastern Washington that way, but most people go over Snoqualmie Pass. If Mt. Rainier was no longer there, a super highway could be built to get to Yakima or Ellensburg. On the other hand, it could be leveled to such a degree that a lake would exist there instead.

The mountainous issue in my life, the insurmountable obstacle, the unresolved and treacherous terrain of adversity that seemed impossibly difficult and obstinately unmovable disappeared into the sea.

Life went on all around me. I wanted to scream at everyone,

DID YOU SEE THAT? THE MOUNTAIN IS GONE!

No one seemed to notice; however, the effect in my life was monumental. Since the mountain was so large and so huge, and yet had been removed at my request, I understood at a very deep level that anything ELSE I asked for in my life I could receive ALSO as long as I believed. Nothing seemed impossible anymore. Everything I ever wanted in my life seemed completely ATTAINABLE.

Lake Elementaita in the Great Rift Valley, 120 miles northwest of Nairobi, Kenya

Lake Elementaita in the Great Rift Valley, 120 miles northwest of Nairobi, Kenya

Often I reflect on the spot where the mountain was located in my life and sense an extremely deep and very still lake in its place. On a moonlit night, when I sit by its waters and look at the surface, I wonder to myself, “Did a mountain truly exist here? Could there really have been such a huge obstruction in my life?” The evidence is clear to me because the lake is as big as the original footprint of the mountain, but the view goes on forever and NOTHING INTERFERES WITH MY VISION.

If that word picture is too esoteric for you, consider this: what replaced the mountain in my life is a sense of peace, an assurance that all is well. Where once was turmoil and anguish now resides tranquility and harmony. Furthermore, I know that I can apply the same principle to another obstacle in my life and have the same results. Besides, nothing in the future could possibly be as unbelievably unsurmountable as that situation was! Anything else in the future will be easy to overcome by comparison.

Can you imagine feeling that way?

At first it takes a little adjusting to get used to; and, admittedly, the contrast is noticeable. What seeps in over time is the power, the undercurrent that carries with it a sense of exultation. In some ways, this is similar to achieving a diploma for a college degree, but there is no one cheering in the auditorium; what happens as a result is:

Lake Elementaita

Lake Elementaita

IT IS SIMPLY QUIET.

With the peace and the quiet carried on the undercurrent of empowerment comes a sense of JOY, followed by relief.

If you were able to accomplish all that you did while struggling with the mountain, what can you do now that it is cast into the sea?

 

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