Climbing Hills and Mountains

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I awaken to find another mountain facing me to climb.

I don't speak of a normal mountain, but those hills and mountains of life.

I find myself wincing.

Not again, I say. Why Me?

It was then that I felt the voice of God,

"What about the one's who climbed mountains before you?"

God has put me in research mode, so that is what I did.

Abraham

God wanted to know if God was faithful to Him.

In Genesis 22, Abraham was told to sacrifice his only son. He was told by God to take his son and climb a mountain and build an altar.

Not only was Abraham having to kill his son, but he also had to climb a mountain to do it.

Abraham was faithful. He climbed the mountain and started to offer his son. God saw his faith and stopped him. He was blessed with a ram to offer up to God instead.

When Abraham climbed the mountain, he got closer to God.

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Moses

Moses was a mountain climber.

Over and over Moses had to climb mountains.

It was at the top of Mt Sinai that Moses met with God and the Ten Commandments were handed to him.

God sent Moses to the top of a mountain to look upon the land He was giving to His people, the Israelis.

When Moses climbed those mountains, God was there...up close and personal.

Jesus

Jesus Christ climbed a mountain to pray.

Since Jesus is God who came in human form to save us, He knew the mountain top was the place to go to get close to the Father.

If you don't know the story, read Luke 9: 28-36.

This was when disciples saw God look down upon His only Son and standing with the Son of God was Moses and the prophet, Elijah.

Yes, Jesus met with His Father upon a mountain.

Hmmm

I started really thinking... These mountains and hills that I have to climb.

Are they bad?

Should I really be depressed that I have to climb a mountain?

God talks to people when they reach the top of mountains.

God provides the strength and endurance to be able to climb that mountain or hill.

God has a special blessing for those who are willing to climb the mountain or hill he puts in front of them.

It says so in the Psalms:

Psalm 24: 3-5

Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?

Who may stand in his Holy Place?

The one who has innocent hands and a pure heart;

the person who does not delight in what is false

and does not swear an oath deceitfully.

This person will receive blessing from the LORD

and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

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My Prayer

Father God,

I must bow in respect and honor to You my Lord.

I have been a whiner and crier about climbing these hills and mountains, when You are actually bringing me closer to You.

Please do not stop putting these hills and mountains in my path. It is in climbing them that I know I have grown physically, emotionally, and most importantly, spiritually.

Father God, your mercy and grace is wonderful and mighty.

All praise to You.

In Jesus' Name

Amen.

Conclusion

I am deciding to praise God about every mountain and hill in front of me that He wants me to climb.

It shows that God has trust that I will climb it, or He wouldn't put it in front of me.

Yes, I didn't realize it, but I am a mountain climber, and I bet you are too.

Climb that hill or mountain and praise God that you are allowed the opportunity.

When in a valley or a plain, prepare for that next hill or mountain that will be coming.

May God bless all of you who endure and give honor to our God, His Son and the Holy Spirit!

Jesus is Lord and King!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2013 Greg Boudonck

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I've done so much hiking in the Cascade Mountains over the years...symbolic as well because I seem to seek out the mountains in life. No worries....each hill and mountain has taught me a lesson I needed, and because of them I am able to greatly appreciate the valleys. :) Beautiful thoughts, Greg!


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you billy. Glad I checked this, because something is up here and moved my text boxes around out of order.

Yes hills and mountains are everywhere. We should be happy we have the opportunity to scale them.

Have a great week Billy.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Amen!! This is what it means to be alive. Praise God, we have His Holy Spirit guiding us...we are not alone.

Wonderful hub my near husband, may God bless every step we give climbing these hills and mountains.


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you baby.


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

Really beautiful. I don't share your religious beliefs, but share similar experiences with my own religion in facing challenges, trying to remember they are opportunities to learn and grow, and that ultimately my Gods are there for me to hold my hand on the journey. You write lovely. Thanks for sharing.


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you.


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ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

Ooooh! I loved this! It is definitely my kind of lesson. Thank you for writing it and taking the time to find personal examples from the Bible to prove God's points. I'm trying to cherish the mountains and remember that God has a higher purpose than what I can see. - Ginger


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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

I am glad it helped you. Thank you.

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