Lessons from the mountains (1)

“When I look down from lofty mountain granduer…Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee! How GREAT Thou art!” This song ran through my head over and over this past week at the Edmonton retreat. We retreaters were taken into the Canadian Rockies for a few days, and all of us experienced the feeling of being so small and insignificant before the face of the God who created those lofty mountains. Driving up to them, we passed through the foothills, already amazed by their size. Then came the feeling of awe and wonder when the mountains loomed on the horizon in front of us. As we got closer and closer, the moutains that looked pretty big from a distance seemed to grow more beautiful and grand. So many thoughts come to mind when I saw those mountains. So many passages run through my head even now as I remember the awe and wonder that I had looking at those mountains. First, and maybe most obvious, was Psalm 23. With mountains come valleys, and that Psalm gives the child of God the comfort that “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me…” There are times in our lives when the mountains loom all around us. God places circumstances in our lives that make us place our trust in Him. Recently with the sudden death of a young man, and dear friend to many of us, this is especially true. Our lives here on earth are nothing but a walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Death looms about us, it is our final enemy. But even with the terror and sadness that death brings to our lives, we must always remember that God is walking beside us! Though we face other trials in the life, sickness, loss of a job, etc., He is with us always! That’s what gives us comfort. Then with that knowledge and when we truly believe that, the mountains we face are not as scary or as ominous. So never forget those comforting words. How great is the God who has loved us with such love!


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