"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his
people, from this time forth and forevermore. " (Psalm 125:2 NIV)
I was camping out in the hotel room, resting from a week of doctors'
appointments and good news/bad news scenarios. My husband had
suggested I walk outside when it warmed up so I could see the view of
the Rocky Mountains from the other side of the hotel.
But I had already seen the mountains on another trip. Yes, I remember
them as looking quite impressive, but frankly, I was tired of
mountains. My mountains of late had only been obstacles to climb. Or
long detours to skirt around. Or roadblocks to prevent me from
fulfilling my plans.
Yet, I wanted to appease my husband. So I stepped outside and walked
around the corner. Then stopped dead in my tracks.
The mountains! They were magnificent. The view was like none I had
remembered seeing before. Their size and color and quantity were
And I repented. Why had I been so reluctant to look face-on at the
mountains? Too often I view the challenges of pain as mountains in my
way, instead of majestic opportunities for God to flex His power.
God knows where the best views are. Sometimes they're just around the
corner, if I'll step out and look up. And yes, the mountains can be
intimidating, but if I can view them from God's perspective, I will be
impressed with His grandeur. He doesn't want me to be intimidated by
the mountains in my path, but rather to open my mouth in awe at His
While our illnesses may be as challenging as mountains at times, they
can also give us unique perspectives to see God in light of His
protection and adventure and wonder. May I choose to see them as such
Thank you for never giving up on showing us Your grandeur. Help us
adjust our attitudes to reflect Your glory as we gaze at the mountains
with less fear of them and more awe of You.