One thing that I truly love about living in the Pacific Northwest is the mountainous landscape of the Olympics and Cascades and various world-famous mountains such as Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and the Olympic National Park. This last week I was able to enjoy coffee with a few older gentlemen who shared about their experiences climbing some of these mountains and how it bonded them with others and brought them closer to God.
One of them compared the life of faith to the activity of mountain climbing where the trails are narrow, the climb is exciting, and there is lots of risk at times. With the rate of difficulty, comes the feeling of success and the points of beauty along the way make it worth all of the hard preparation and organization worth it.
Faith and obedience to God is not always easy or convenient but the presence of God and the community of his people in the good and bad times make it worth the journey. Citizenship in Heaven and the life of abundance that Jesus calls us to experience and enjoy as his people is overwhelming because of the risk, sacrifice, and transformation that God calls us to. As I continue to rise to new heights in faith I hope to do it by confidence of God’s grace and in the community of other believers. Psalm 24:3-6 says this:
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols
and never tell lies.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing
and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you
and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.