I WILL CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
-Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ 

Our God is a mighty and powerful God! He created man out of dust and women from the rib of man. He spoke the earth into motion and pinned every star in the universe. He heals the blind and makes the lame to walk. Death can’t hold Him down and He can move mountains with even just the tip of his pinky finger. Our God is truly an awesome God!

But what about the times when He chooses not to move the mountains in our life? We know He CAN, He is God, there is nothing too big for Him to handle. What happens when we loose a loved one to cancer, find our self homeless, have broken families, or face the unbearable heartache of miscarriage? What do we do when it seems like all hope is lost and the mountain won’t move? We remember and have faith that our God is still an awesome, faithful God, and despite what it looks like in the moment, He has GOOD plans for us.

When I was seven years old my father took his life and left my mother and three little girls behind for her to raise all alone. Shortly after my dad died, my mom, one of the strongest people I’ve ever met, knew she couldn’t handle it alone, and she started attending church and was saved in a little baptist church in South Jersey. That’s were I first learned that Jesus loved me. Losing my dad at such a young age has never been easy. I grew up with trust issues and feelings of abandonment. I never really knew what the love of a father meant, and while other little girls would dream of their dad one day ushering them down the aisle on their wedding day, I knew for me that would never be a reality. The good news is that even though my earthly father had left me, my Heavenly Father never did, even through every hardship since then, He has stayed by my side. Trust me, there have been times when even I wanted to run from myself, But God didn’t . He stayed constant and faithful as ever, because He loves us.

In each and every trial God has been right there at my side growing, comforting and using me along the way. He will do that for you too, I can confidently promise that. I can’t tell you how many times I have talked with people who have been thinking about suicide and, because of what God did in my life through my own tragic loss, I was able to show them how loved they were. Able to help them see that there were people who cared, that they would effect and leave behind if they took their own life. I think about how God has brought people into my life to encourage me in the hard times and how he uses me to encourage those who are going through some of the same trials and heartache that I have gone through. It reminds me that God is sovereign and all along He had a plan. He took the bad circumstances and brokenness and molded me into the women I am today. He may not have moved all my mountains, but the ones that stayed in place, He helped me climb. He stood at the top with me and showed me the vast horizon of His great love, so that I could continue through the journey.

I share this all with you not to make you feel sad for my loss, but to encourage you. No matter what your mountain is or how high it looks, there is an incredible loving God who can move those mountains. But if his plan isn’t to move them, He will climb them with you and be your strength. He will guide you to the peak. When He brings you up over the ridge, stop and look around at the view. Stand with your arms wide open and remember how much Jesus loves you, think of how He will never leave you, and know that He has good plans for you. Know that it may not be the last mountain you ever have to climb, but that’s okay because you made it up this one and God will get you over the next one too. Keep the faith, and be truly glad, because over that summit there is wonderful Joy ahead!

Father God,

Thank You for the work You do in my heart when I face trials and hardship. Thank You for never leaving me. Lord I pray that I will always remember that you have good plans for me, even when things look bleak. Please comfort me in those times and give me strength to continue on. Build my faith in you, so I know that I can climb that mountains ahead of me. Help me to praise you in the valley, on the way up the mountain and all the days of my life. I love you Lord.

In Jesus precious name, Amen.

-Christine

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