I drive around the city, looking in the rear view mirror; the side mirror; and the front window. I want to SEE the mountain.
I’m never disappointed. It’s always there: Pike’s Peak.
Pike’s Peak is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji**. Standing 14,115 feet above sea level, it shadows Colorado Springs and overlooks the Garden of the Gods.
It appears as an incredible giant clothed in stone; a strong, quiet warrior broadly poised to stand watch and keep guard over the people.
The sight of the peak can take your breath away. It’s not just the altitude –it really is just that stunning.
The mountain reminds me of our relationship with God. He’s always there; larger than life, strong and unshakable. It’s a delight to steal glances throughout the day to find He really is still there.
One can go just about anywhere in town and see the mountain. Regardless of distance, height or vantage point, it’s hard not to see it. And who could tire the sight of the mammoth crests? The timeless beauty draws people from all over the world.
So it is with God. He can be seen from anywhere …everywhere.
Any who want to see Him, need only face Him.
Once we do see Him we don’t want to turn away.
As we draw near the giant mound of granite, we realize how small we are and how immense the great heights are. We are wise to approach with as much respect as adoration.
Our approach to the Lord is not so different. His paths look steep, daunting, even dangerous. His ways often appear difficult and sometimes absurd.
Even so, His presence beckons, “Come!” “Explore.”
“Delight in My nooks.” “Hide in My crevices.” “Drink from My streams.”
“Find My secret places. Behold My beauty…. “Experience my wonder.”
We all face mountains of different sorts.
How do you face a mountain? Do you keep a safe distance?
Do you accept the invitation to explore the upward ascending trails?
Maybe the mountain you face looks like anything but God.
What if you are called to climb that improbable mount looming before you?
It could be the very thing that will strengthen you for what lays beyond.
Perhaps you are meant to explore hidden crevices along the way. What treasures are waiting to be found? And what if part of those treasures is finding that you could go to heights you never before considered?
His ways are higher, His paths are sure. He is a refuge.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2