Staring out my office window, if it’s a clear day, I can see Mount Rainer in the distance.  I can only see a glimpse of it and yet its beauty always captivates me.

Today, however, as I sit staring out the window, it is cloudy and there is no hint of the beauty hidden behind the clouds, but I know it’s there.

As I take in the view, I am reminded of a movie I watched recently called ‘Everest’ and I heard a phrase being whispered in my mind … “the mountain makes its own weather.”

Why in the world would this phrase come to mind now?

Was God trying to tell me something? Teach me something? Show me something?

The Bible is full of examples where God speaks to His people through a variety of ways. Pictures, Visions, dreams, people, animals, and the list goes on….

One of the ways God will sometimes speak to me is through movies, I will explain more in the coming weeks on my Vlog about the ways God speaks.  However, sometimes God will take a simple movie and connect it to a spiritual principle or message for me.

This is not the view of Mt Rainer from my office window, but it is the view I get to see when I go to the other side of the lake.

This is not the view of Mt Rainer from my office window, but it is the unhindered view I get to see when I go out in the boat.

To be honest, I am not really certain why I watched Everest, I knew it wasn’t going to end well and that I would probably cry, but nevertheless I watch it anyway.

I mean, why did any of us watch The Titanic?  We knew history, we knew what was going to happen, and yet we/I watched it again and again and again.

Was it the story? The romance? The history?

No worries if you haven’t seen the movie Everest already, and may want to, I will do my best not to spoil it for you.everest

As I continued to mull over the phrase, “the mountain makes its own weather,” my mind immediately flashes to a particular scene of the main character Rob.  Rob is the owner of the expedition company that gets paid to guide people to the mountain summit.   Rob is making his way down off the summit of that mountain when he comes across Doug.  Doug has grit and is determined to get to the top of the mountain one last time despite his failing health.  Rob makes a decision to help Doug get to the top, because without him as his guide he wouldn’t make it.

I am struck by the parallel of Rob’s actions and two things I know to be true about my Father in Heaven.

First in Joshua 1:5 God tells Joshua (and us) that ‘He will never leave us or forsake us’.  Even when we make mistakes or do things on our own.  He never leaves us.  Even when we forge ahead out of sheer stubbornness and determination, He is there.

Second, there is the parable Jesus told in Luke 15:1-7 about the lost sheep.  Jesus tells us that a good shepherd will leave the 99 sheep to find the one lost and stranded sheep.  A good shepherd will put his or her own needs above the needs of the others in order to save the one who is in trouble.

That’s where the parallel ends. There is obviously a HUGE difference between God and a mere man’s actions in a movie, especially with the way the movie ends due to man’s choices, and yet, it is enough to get me thinking.

You and I are/were the lost sheep at one time, and yes, sometimes we are Doug.

At some point in our life we have been or will be determined against better judgment to make it on our own.  We push ahead despite warnings or council from others, and forge ahead full steam.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can be so determined to get to the top of the mountain no matter the consequences, or think I have all the answers.  Yet, Jesus is always there with me (us), guiding, directing, protecting, and helping every step of the way.

I have come to realize that I need to trust my guide, Jesus.  Especially, when He says, “it’s time to turn back… it’s time to return to the safety, it’s time to go home… you did well, but now is not the time for this.”

Oh believe me, there have been plenty of times that I was so determined to get to the top of the mountain that was in front of me as quick as possible that I forged ahead when I knew I should stop and wait for the ‘weather to clear’.

I have learned, I need to trust that God’s timing is always right on time.  He is never early or late, it just may feel like that to me.

There are times when God will show me the things He has for me to do.  I get an idea in my head that I can accomplish it on my own, now that I know what the end looks like.  It’s times like this that the beauty in front of me draws me in.  The challenge to overcome, to conquer this great ‘mountain’ is something that drives me, and I rush ahead to accomplish the task.  It doesn’t necessarily mean I am not supposed to be on the mountain, it just means that I need  wait for further instructions.

Wait for the Lord to give me the steps I need to take.  I need to prepare, pray, and allow Him to direct my path.  I need to wait for Him to open doors, and understand that I may need to prepare and train before charging up the mountain.

Isaiah 40.31

I have learned that the storms of life and ministry are like the weather on the mountain.  It can be clear one minute and then a storm can blow in without warning the next.

The mountain may be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous, if you do not know what you are doing or if you are not with someone who does.

It is at these times, when we need to stop and assess the situation and lean into the ONE who calms the storm.

Are you in the midst of a storm right now? Or are you enjoying the beauty of the mountain?

No matter which place you find yourself in, Know this:  God sees you right where you are.  He is faithful and you are not walking the path alone.  In the good times and the not so good times, He is always there.  Look to Him, lean into Him, trust Him, draw strength from Him, and allow Him to guide you. Keep your heart and eyes focused on Him and be at peace.  As we do these things we  can climb every mountain that is in front of us.

Isaiah 26.3-4We are to enjoy the beauty of the mountain.  We are to enjoy the mountain top experiences, and the journey along the way, even if storms come.  We are to Ever-Rest in the safety of God our Rock and our Savior.

We were called to be mountain climbers and mountain conquerers.

PS….There is more brewing in my spirit about the phrase ‘the mountain makes its own weather’ that I will share next week. I love how God speaks something and then continues to build upon it as we wait and listen.

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