I do not take mountains for granted.
Every time Em and I are in the car on the way to school or headed out on errands where our view of the Rocky Mountains is, for the most part, in plain view as far as we can see north and south, I say, “Em, look at those beautiful mountains God made! Can you imagine just deciding to make those one day!?”
We sing about mountains in church…how our Savior, He can move the mountains…how He is mighty to save. We read about faith in God’s word…how opposite world, that is God’s world, states if we have teenie tiny, itty bitty faith we can move gargantuan things.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.
1 Corinthians 13:2 “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
The truth is, I see big mountains every single day. I am a very literal person. It actually makes my husband crazy! But, I have really big faith and there is no freaking way that it could move the entire Rocky Mountain range. I mean, seriously! I’ve seen Eiger peak and if I were to say, “Move it, Mister!” It would just look at me funny.
Mountains are big. Hills don’t count. Mole hills don’t either. I’m not talking bluffs here, folks. If my oxygen levels aren’t challenged by it, it doesn’t count as a freaking mountain. Mountains stand out. They reach. They speak volumes yet do not utter a word. And God made them…the physical ones, that is.
The mountains that Jesus refers to, however, are absolutely and totally movable…He told us the truth. God is not a man that He should lie. The truth is this: no matter what in our lives we may have faced, are facing, or will face one day, nothing, zip, zilch, nada, nothing is impossible with God. Does it mean it will all end up looking like we think it should look? Abso-freaking-lutely not.
Sometimes life is a picture of many of our choices mixed in with us actually following God’s direction here and there. Other times it resembles a recipe of some of God’s basic ingredients mixed with surprising ones. It’s possible that God is the Iron Chef and He’s in there with our lives throwing in a little of this and a little of that because even though it doesn’t make sense to the non-chefs in the audience, He knows it’s a winning recipe, unique and aromatic. I’m not really sure…I wasn’t interviewed OR HIRED for the position of All Knowing Creator of the Universe, so I really don’t know EXACTLY how God works…but I do know this…
God is bigger than the mountains. He made them. He’s just that creative. And, He’s also bigger than our mountains. He’s big. I mean HUGE. LARGE. GIGANTIC. And, at the same time, He fits perfectly inside our hearts if we allow Him to dwell there.
Imagine…the very God who created the magnificent mountains around this green earth is the very One who desires to stand with us and show us that through Him and by His strength we can say to our mountains, “Back off, mountain! My God is bigger than you! Have you seen how big my God is!?”