Do you meet your mountain head on, or do you go around it?
I am in the process of meeting a big mountain in my life, and I am moving forward into it and through it. This is not a pat myself on the back statement. Far from it. This particular mountain has been on my horizon for such a long time that you would think it's become permanent.
It has NOT become permanent.
That mountain wasn't blocking my road when I was born... it was self erected, a shovel full at a time. It will also come down a shovel full at a time.Here's the part about changing the landscape of our lives that gets hard. I've become so good at skirting around it, or starting to chip my way through it, and then throwing down my chisel and hammer as it got hard, and forgetting that I am to 'be not weary in well doing, for in due time, you will reap, if you faint not'... that the mountain itself has become less of a problem than the one who is supposed to be chipping her way through it... me.
I've debated with myself over whether this is a sin issue or a 'less than what God wants for me' issue, or are both of those the same??
It's not one of those absolute right or wrong issues where there is no question. Instead, it's become an issue because I never moved ahead and handled it, instead I always went around it.
It has definitely been a long time issue in my life, up and down, back and forth. Yours may be something completely different.
This much I have already found as I've forged ahead.
Like Oswald Smith said... 'the minute you obey, you already know more than you did.' More about discipline, more about myself and more about God.
Perhaps the bottom line in these struggles through our mountains is that the mountain we have allowed to stand in the middle of our road, is making sure that we live with good, but not best as we journey along.
Best says that mountain is in the way, it is holding up the best in your life, and going around it doesn't remove it, it only postpones the decision and hinders forward progress.
So this summer, with my small chisel and shovel, I am steadily chipping away.
All of the chipping is observed and strengthened by the steady hands of the God who never placed that mountain there in the first place.
I'm off to get my shovel!
P.S... Hint: yo yo