Have you ever stood beside a mountain? I’m not sure about you, but that is one place where I realize how small I am in this world. It is a humbling experience for me every time we near the mountains.
We are very fortunate to have moved to an area where we can see the mountains in the distance anytime we leave the house. I love the mountains so this is something that just fills my heart every single time. I’m striving to not take the view for granted, so every time, I like to spend a moment or more to marvel in the majesty of the mountain splendor.
The to-do list
This weekend was our seventh wedding anniversary. These seven years have been far from perfect, but we have grown so much together and our love has flourished. I would have to say that I love him more today than I ever have.
Anyways, this weekend my husband and I did something we’ve always talked about doing together: hike up a mountain.
We have both hiked up a mountain or two in our youth, but never together. And now, we have finally checked this off our list.
We may have checked this off of our first-time list, but this will continue to stay on our to-do list! What an experience – even better together.
When we summited one of the two peaks we scrambled, we sat looking in awe at the world around us.
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Lessons learned on a mountaintop
1. We really are small.
From the top of the mountain, we could see people walking along the bowl of the mountain we were on and they were so small. Let alone the tiny specks of the resort at the base of the mountain – and that was the buildings! In the grande scheme, we are a blip on the map.
But! Take heart!
1 O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do];
You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken],
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before,
And [You have] placed Your hand upon me.
6 Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high [above me], I cannot reach it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,
And the night will be the only light around me,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You,
But the night shines as bright as the day;
Darkness and light are alike to You.
13 For You formed my innermost parts;
You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].
Psalm 139:1-16 AMP
2. God created the world around us. It. Is. Good.
Standing on top of that mountain, there was no way we could not survey the world around us. Every rock, valley, river, person, every single thing, God created it all. How marvelous He was in His design to create such diversity and intricacies that the human hand could never accomplish.
His design is wonderful. Perfect. It is good. All perversions we see are at the hand of sin and the effects our sin has on the world. God is good all the time. Standing on a mountaintop, I was able to see a small fraction of His design. Oh to know the detail He put into every fragment of matter that exists on this earth.
31 God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He validated it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Genesis 1:31 AMP
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3. Humans have a severe impact on the world.
At the top of the mountain, we admired how beautiful the area was. How intricate and unique each small area is.
At the top of this mountain, we turned and took in every angle we could. Took a deep breath of the crisp, clean air.
At the top of this mountain, we found litter. Along the way, there were cigarette butts, wrappers, and other miscellaneous odds and ends. In the midst of appreciating and enjoying the surroundings, we sometimes had to avert our eyes so that we were not seeing garbage – a product of humanity – in the midst of the marvelous scene.
At the top of the mountain, I was disappointed in how we can taint and blemish the world around us. It reminded me of sin. Even in a person who strives to live like Jesus and walk in a way pleasing to God, we are human. We are tainted and blemished. We are imperfect. But, we can strive to reduce our sin and imperfections to have the best impact on the world possible. We need to stand together and work for the good of our Lord and Saviour. We need to love above all else.
13 And now there remain: faith [abiding trust in God and His promises], hope [confident expectation of eternal salvation], love [unselfish love for others growing out of God’s love for me], these three [the choicest graces]; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 AMP
4. How overwhelming God is.
I was so completely overwhelmed by God at this mountaintop. In the breeze coursing through the valley (sounded like a stream of running water), I could feel His presence. In the still, silent moments, I felt near God. Without distraction, He was able to let me feel how wonderful He is. He gives us unfailing love, unending grace, and salvation for all who receive Him.
God is so good. And for that I am thankful.
In a world torn by hate, greed, and hurt, there is and always will be love. Let’s let love ring out loud and let’s let love bring victory over the negativity.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
Philippians 4:4-6 AMP
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