You Have Stayed Long Enough

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Watering:

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

Watching:

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.”

 

Wondering:

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.

Prayer:

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.

 

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Long Enough?

 

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Watering:

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

Watching:

There have always been mountains in the story of God’s people.

God called Abraham to a mountain. Asked him for his heart there. Asked him to lay it bare on an altar. And when he did, God showed Abraham His own tender heart caught in a thicket. Waiting to take his place.

God called Moses, too, to a mountain. Marked the ground as holy in His burning presence. Asked him to take of his shoes. Moses climbed the mountain often. Got God’s plan to guide the people home there, etched by the finger of his holy hand.

And Elijah ran to God’s mountain. Blinded by fear and grief, God guided him there, and nourished him along the way. Scared, hopeless, spent… Elijah ran to find the God of Fire again….He found instead, the God of the small, still voice – the same voice that set the earth into motion.

 

… and Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Yes, God meets us in the mountains.

Wondering:

I love climbing mountains. I love the journey and all the effort – knowing the payoff at the top is worth the journey on the way.

But this morning, as I think about my life and lives around me and wonder about mountains … I just feel confused. Mountains can represent such opposing ideas:

that of the giants in Life  – or a place to find God.

A place to listen for the small still voice –  or one to raise a knife at its readied altar.

And lately I hear the Mountain’s calling me. Challenging me.

Pulling me: “Come to the mountain of God. Get a vantage point. See all that God has promised for you. Come here His small still voice.”

Pushing me:  “Now go. You have stayed long enough. It’s time for dreams to be walked out, mountains to be laid low and obstacles obliterated. It’s time for ground to be taken back.”

Lately, it seems that no matter which way I look, I’m either coming or going, ascending or descending and it’s hard to even know which way is up…

And lately, that no matter which way I walk, I’m either basking in the grace of the mountaintop high or being asked to leave;  ascending to glory, or being asked to place my heart on the bloodied altar waiting at the top.

Lately, I’m either trying to desperately just to hear his voice, or manically whipping out my mustard seed to try to toss this roadblocking monolith to the sea.

 

And then come the questions:

What’s your giant now, Jane? What mountain needs removal? What altar needs an offering? What bush burns before you needing barefoot care?

What mountain of God will give you the vantage point you need to see his Promised land spread out before you?

… What mountain have you stayed too long?

 

Questions. Questions… a whirlwind of questions.

A whirlwind…

And just like that, I suddenly understand this mountain madness … because always in a whirlwind – ALWAYS – I’m asked to stop.

STOP.

STOP. Long enough to hear his answer.

STOP. Long enough to hear his heart.

STOP. Long enough to hear – really hear – the very breath of his whisper that says:

 Be still.

And know.

KNOW

that I am God.

I’ve got this.

I’ve got you.

Rest now – even if it’s this one small moment… rest.

There will be time enough for casting to the sea.

Waiting:

Jesus. Right now, just your name is my prayer. And I will be still until I hear your voice.

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Mountains

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Watering:

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.” (Deut. 1:6)

Watching:

Mountains.

They’ve always been important to God.

Jesus climbed a mountain nearly every day.

Elijah finally heard God’s real voice.

And God called Moses to his mountain. Made him take his shoes off. Gave him his words and vision and a purpose to walk into. Let him see the promised land.

Come to the mountain of God. Get a vantage point. See all that God has promised for you. Okay, now go. You have stayed long enough. It’s time for dreams to be walked out. Time for mountains to be laid low. time for obstacles obliterated. Time to not let the mountains get in the way. Indeed, if you have faith small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain move… and it would.

Wondering:

I don’t know why this Scripture stopped me today. It seems like the very word mountain represents very opposing ideas, that of giants in life or that of a place to find God.

I suppose they are both.

My greatest victories lead me to mountains to hear his small still voice.

My mountainous giants, lead me to face them down armed with whom I’ve come to know and my little slingshot of faith.

What’s your giant now, Jane? What mountain needs some leveling – a smooth stone reminder of who’s really in control. What mountain of God will give you the vantage point you need – to see his promises spread out before you – with the whisiper of his small still voice in the wind.

So, yep, not sure why this Scripture stopped me today.

I guess sometimes it’s just good to stop. Look around. Reassess. Come to the mountain of God. Or cast the mountain to the sea.

Waiting:

Jesus. Sometimes – most times – I just need to listen to the wind. Give me ears to hear.

Watering this Word today: Prov 18, Ps 18, 118; Deut. 1; Colossians 1-4

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Mountains

Watering:

 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

Watching:

Mountains.

The mountain of God.

Seems like there were always mountains in the story of God’s people.

God called Abraham to a mountain. Asked Him for His heart there, to lay it on the altar… and when He did, God showed him His.

God called Moses to His mountain. Met him there. Marked the ground as holy in His burning presence. Gave him His Word there. Let him look to the promised land.

Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Mountains.

Wondering:

I don’t know why this Scripture stopped me today. I guess because it seems like the very word mountain represents very opposing ideas: that of giants in life or that of a place to find God.

I suppose they are both…

Pulling:  Come to the mountain of God. Get a vantage point. See all that God has promised for you.

Pushing:  Now go. You have stayed long enough. It’s time for dreams to be walked out. Time for mountains to be laid low – obstacles obliterated.

Seems like lately I’m either coming or going, and sometimes I don’t even know which…climbing the mountain or whipping out my mustard seed and trying to toss the mountain to the sea.

What’s your giant now, Jane? What mountain needs some leveling – a slingshot reminder of who’s really in control. What mountain of God will give you the vantage point you need – to see his promises lain spread out before you – with the whisper of his small still voice in the wind.

So, yep. I don’t know why this Scripture stopped me today.

And I guess that says it all. It stopped me. Sometimes Always in the whirlwind I need to stop. Look around. Reassess. Come away to the mountain of God …

Listen to the wind.

There’s time enough later for casting to the sea.

Prayer:

Jesus. Right now, just your name is my prayer.

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