A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of going for a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The path up to our viewpoint wasn’t too strenuous but it was strewn with rocks, branches, and level variations that made us hike with caution and pay close attention to the path. At the top of hike we were greeted by incredible views of green forests below and neighboring rocky peaks. As I sat admiring the stunning view I started thinking about all the times in the Bible God met with people on mountain tops. Abraham encountered God on a mountain when he took his son up as a sacrifice (Gen 22:1-14), Moses met with God more than once on a mountaintop ( Exodus 33 & 34), Elijah met with God on a mountain (19:11-13) and the prophet Isaiah assures us that Mount Zion will be the site that Jesus destroys death forever (Isaiah 25:6). Jesus also went up a mountainside when He called his 12 disciples (Mark 3:13).
What is it with God and mountains? I must confess that sitting on that rock ledge surrounded by such majesty gave me a humbling sense of the power of God. You’ve probably experienced something similar during times you’ve had an incredible view.
As I prayed about what God wanted to speak to me about meeting people on mountain tops, here’s what He brought to my heart and mind:
God brings us to the mountain...
Because it gives us a bigger vision/changes our perspective.
When you’re hiking on the valley floor, the thick brush and vastness of the trees make it impossible to see very far in any direction. You are forced to focus on only the things immediately in front of you and around you. When you get above the trees, you can see far and wide. The same is true in life. Sometimes we get so focused on the circumstances immediately surrounding us that we forget there is a bigger perspective. God wants us to seek out His bigger perspective and trust that the things He sees are far greater than we can see from our current position. As we pursue Him and He moves our focus from the valley floor to the mountain, our perspective begins to change.
Because fewer people are there.
God desires alone time with us so He can speak to us one-on-one. Although He is so incredibly faithful to speak to us at any time and in any situation, He longs for us to make the time to be with Him alone, no distractions. It takes extra effort to get up the mountain, to steal away to a quiet place with God, but when we do, we are rewarded with the space, time and focus to hear His voice and share our hearts with Him.
Because getting there is not easy, it’s a journey.
The first time you hike a trail up a mountain it’s hard, it’s exhausting and you may get a few bumps and bruises along the way. But there are lessons in that journey. You grow in your knowledge of the area, you learn places to avoid and you discover what’s important to carry with you and what’s important to leave behind. Our journey with Christ is the same. We learn along the way, and each time we meet with God at the top, we get stronger and faster for the next journey.
As we ascend, He descends.
Although I think we often feel as though we’re constantly having to stretch and grow and journey further to meet God, what we don’t see is how far He descends to meet us. He goes more than half way in meeting with us. He will travel to the base of the earth to meet with us, but He delights in guiding us up the mountain to meet with Him. Our mountain tops are His valleys. He wants you to know that there is no height nor depth in which He can’t reach you. He loves you enough to call you away to sacred alone time with him, to descend from the highest of heavens to give you a bigger perspective and to teach you along the journey of knowing Him more.
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.