The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”
The children of Israel have been wandering.
In a desert.
For a long time.
And now, finally, it’s time to get off the mountain.
It’s time to go face their enemy and grab their inheritance.
It’s time to come down from the mountain and get to work.
God is making it quite clear,
“You’ve been here long enough… I’ve taught you. Now, go.”
I love mountains.
I love mountain climbing.
I love the hope of a mountain’s peak.
Few ventures so closely mirror the struggles of Life, and the triumph of Grace.
… which makes the mountaintop a very hard place to leave!
But Life isn’t lived on the summit. It’s lived in the valleys, along the rivers, and on the flats. And like the child being pulled to leave a toy store, we can leave a mountain kicking and screaming and end up disintegrating into a lot of unpleasantness if we have forgotten why we went in the first place:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
… He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
Jesus. I love your mountain tops. I love learning from you where my heart can stretch its wings and soar… Help me remember and embrace the valleys where I get to practice everything you’ve taught.