Moving mountains - One rock at a time!

Mountains are a beautiful part of nature's landscape. The view from the top of a mountain gives a grander perspective than the views from ground level. Like standing in front of Mount Everest, life's problems can sometimes seem insurmountable. Despite using our skills, talents and gifts there are times we are faced with challenges that, try as we may, can't be "fixed" by our own efforts. When we finally turn to God and pray for help are we expecting him to provide the solution in our way and on our timetable? I admit there have been times when I have caught myself doing just that.

Being on top of a mountain gives unparalleled views from a perspective that is not seen from the ground below. Similar to being on top of a mountain, God has a perspective that we can't see. He is willing to help us overcome our "mountains" if we surrender them to Him and have absolute faith that He has the perfect solution and the perfect timetable.

Recently, while my husband was reading scripture he was visibly overwhelmed by what Jesus says in Mark 11:23 (KJV), "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."

The Holy Spirit was working in both of us that morning as my husband looked out our living room window at the ocean and shared the passage with me. We had read Mark 11:23 many times before but that morning was different - it prompted action! While he was at work that day I started taking an inventory of the "mountains" in our life. We are abundantly blessed in many ways, but we are also human and therefore, we have our "mountains."  Looking at the beach with its many rocks gave me an idea...

The following morning with a tote bag in hand we selectively collected rocks of all shapes and sizes and took them home. Using a white pencil from my sewing box we wrote on each rock what we perceived as our "mountains." There were rocks for bills, rocks for strongholds in our lives, rocks for weaknesses, and one blank rock for everything else! We reloaded the bag of "mountains" and headed to a secluded spot on the pier. There we prayed over our "mountains." Taking our time, we pondered each rock and what it represented before we took turns casting them to the sea and thanking God for taking care of it. Leaning over the rail with joyful hearts we watched each one as it sailed through the air, heard it kerplunk with a splash, then watched it sink...having faith that it would never be seen again.

God moved mountains in our hearts that day as we stopped trying to conquer our "mountains" and with total submission and faith surrendered them to Him!

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