“Then Jesus said to the disciples,’Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.’” -Mark 11:23
I wonder what went through the disciples minds as Jesus spoke these words. Tell a mountain to move and it will move?! Was the Mount of Olives in view? Were they able to imagine it being lifted up and sent crashing into the sea?
While sitting atop a rock in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, peering out into the vast and enormous landscape that surrounded me, I was struck by the audacious implications of this promise. I’ve had a mountain of my own that I have been asking God to move, and I believe deeply that He can. As I looked upon the mountains in view, I cried out once more and tuned my heart to hear His voice. He reminded me that not every mountain is meant to simply vanish. Some mountains are meant to be climbed. Sometimes it’s the journey that’s the miracle. The faith that fuels the climb. The moving up that moves the mountain out of view.
The image of Christ’s journey to the cross pressed upon my mind. Even Jesus cried out to God “take this cup from me”; and yet He sacrificially endured a climb to a cross that led to the redemption of all creation.
We can’t always see the purpose of the climb, the promise at the summit, or the view on the other side. Yet we can trust that our God sees the mountain too, and beyond the summit is a greater plan for His glory and our good.
That mountain can seem impossible, but have faith and know that when your heart is overwhelmed, His promises endure:
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
The Sovereign Lord gives me strength.
He makes me sure-footed as a deer
and keeps me safe on the mountains.