Mountain Top Reflections
We live in a hilly area of California. The other day I took a walk up to a high point in our neighborhood that overlooks the valley below. It provided a respite from the busyness of life; a place to be still and quiet in God’s presence, and to hear His voice.
As I looked over the mountains, the beauty and complexity of God’s creation amazed me. I thought, what a peaceful and revitalizing time it must have been for Jesus to escape from the multitudes to a mountain to be alone with God, to be still in His Father’s presence, to pray, to reflect. Did He just sit there and feel the gentle breeze across His skin as I am now?
As I looked over the expanse, I reflected upon God’s creation and all He has given us to enjoy, and the perfection of how everything works in harmony. But then a sharp pain pierced my soul as I thought about how many people never consider God and what He has done – how for so many years I didn’t. As my eyes fell upon the houses built into the mountainside, I thought about how people look to their own strength, provision and protection, something I’ve often done. They think they provide and protect when in a moment the God they forget could make those mountains crumble – those mountains they feel so secure upon in their houses – houses full of their precious treasures like their spouse, children, and pets.
Who are we to think we protect or provide? How quickly we could be crushed? Haven’t we learned from floods, earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes that we aren’t in control? That we are dependent on God’s mercy? What arrogance to think we are the providers, protectors, sustainers of life . . . that we are in control. How arrogant to forget our God when His beauty, complexity and order are all around us are screaming about His power, might and love. Without His mercy, we would all perish.
When Jesus was on the mountain – did He think a similar thing? Did He think about all He has done for us and all He was about to do and yet now we continue to turn our back on Him, reject Him, think we know better, don’t heed His Words, don’t spend time with Him, and don’t trust Him?
How sad it must make Him even now, when He has done so much for us, and we continue to reject His true lordship and kingdom in our lives. He has created a world that reveals His wisdom, perfection and love. Yet, we don’t exalt Him but we exalt ourselves. Even though we continue to deny Him and go our own way, He continues to preserve us. Even for those who do intimately know Him, how often we slip into thinking we are in control. We get consumed with worry, when He has done so much for us. God forgive us.
This mountain top experience was very humbling. And yet, it was full of powerful moments of praise for all that God has done, does do and will do. God’s love and patience overwhelms me.
May we daily have mountain top reflections that puts our perspective in the right place and reminds of us who we are, who our God is, and how much He loves us and pours His mercy upon us and that it is His work and not ours to be exalted.
September 22, 2009 at 7:27 am
We should all stop at some point and take in the beauty this wonderful world has to offer in its entirety.
September 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Donald – much agreed – and do so daily.
September 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm
Thank you for sharing your experience. In our busy lives we often forget our real priorities.
That is to focus on things in Heaven above and not down here on this earth.
September 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Thanks for stopping by! May we all take more time each day to focus on the real priorities.
September 23, 2009 at 12:51 am
We can’t reject God, only delay his acceptance.
September 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Interesting way to put it . . .God is sovereign in every way.
September 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Good message, Rachel. As I read your thoughts, I started to ponder how much I take for granted the things that God has given me. It is like I just expect them! I pray that he reminds me daily that everything, including the breath in my lungs, comes from him alone!
September 23, 2009 at 4:00 pm
Hope you are doing well! How right you are.
September 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm
And how very true we’ve become so “me and mind focused “and it’s quiet a shame before Almighty God,Truly daily we need to remind ourselves to whom we belong and pray for God to help us act accordingly.I so believe as a whole we need to fall before God in true repentance,God has spoken over & over about his judgement to come and God is starting in his house(the born again) the Church first,all that’s in me is saying it’s time for my people to repent!
Love you Rachel and I truly enjoyed your post and do have a wonderful day.
September 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm
It is always a joy to read your comments – so encouraging. Yes it is time for us to seriously examine ourselves in light of God’s truth and turn from our self-will to His will.