View from Pinnacle Mountain at sunset.

View from Pinnacle Mountain at sunset.

 “If we don’t grasp who God is and what He’s up to, we will never grasp who we are or what purpose we play in His overall plan.  It’s for His glory.”  ~~ Beth Moore.

“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough.  It is time to break camp and move on … Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it.”  Deuteronomy 1: 6-8

Have you ever climbed a mountain?  As I’ve mentioned before, our family has climbed Pinnacle Mountain many times over the years, and it never gets old.  We can take away several life lessons from the adventure of climbing a mountain. Depending on the level of difficulty, the elevation, the vegetation or lack of, etc., many factors contribute to our climbing experience. On the journey up, we only see what’s right in front of us, slowly but surely making progress. We don’t see much beyond our immediate surroundings – the trees, the rocks — always looking for the next trail marker. It gets harder and harder, but we are determined to make it to the top because we know it will be so worth it to make it to this goal!! And when we arrive at the top, we feel so elated, so rewarded — so glad that we didn’t give up. And then we look around, just letting our gaze sweep across the valley below, seeing the crisscross of land, the bends of the river, the sky, the clouds, the tiny little roads, and it’s such a wonder. We take pictures, documenting this awesome experience.

And then we turn and start the descent back down the mountain. For me, going down is not nearly as exhilirating as going up. Because you’re just … going back down.

Like climbing a mountain, I’m coming to realize that if we make the living of life more about the journey than the destination, we will miss the point. “Few things could be more advantageous to the devil than for you and I to simply not see or get the point. God has a point. God’s will blows the doors off of the possibilities for your life. What God is doing is huge, and there is no other agenda going on at the same time that begins to compare.” ~~ Beth Moore.

God said to Moses, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time … to move on. Go. Look. I am giving all this land to you. Go in and occupy it.” I fear we as believers, as church-going people, have missed the land God intends for us to have because we love our mountain view. “If we don’t grasp who God is and what He’s up to, we will never grasp who we are or what purpose we play in His overall plan. It’s for His glory.” ~~ Beth Moore.

God is doing something big — and I don’t want to miss it because I stayed too long at the mountain:) See ya later!

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