“Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live.” Ps. 43:3
“He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.” Ps. 18:33
Have you ever tried to climb a mountain when you were unprepared for the journey? Maybe you didn’t bring enough water, or even any water at all. Maybe you didn’t wear the right shoes. Maybe you didn’t pack a jacket or maybe you were overprepared. Our son is preparing for a summer job in Colorado where he will be a guide for mountaineering, as well as whitewater rafting. Reading the training material, and also the list of dangers that can be encountered made me ponder how we go about the essential task of preparing to ascend new heights in our spiritual lives.
In this life, we’re either moving up, going back, or staying the same, emotionally and spiritually. If we’re going backward, we’re losing ground. If we’re staying where we are, we’re certainly not gaining ground. We’re actually stagnant. But if we’re moving up, climbing higher, seeking new heights, then we’re making progress. If you’ve ever done any serious climbing, then you understand that part of the process of climbing is leaving, letting go, and grasping hold of the next step — the next boulder — the physical act of moving our body up. In the same way, in order for us to move our minds up spiritually, God gives us several glimpses as to what He is seeking from those who desire to ascend to his holy mountain — to a life that is abundant, rich, and lived in His presence.
His light and His truth are essential for a journey that seeks to keep moving up toward a life that God blesses. His light illuminates our way, allowing us to see with absolute clarity. His light dispels any darkness that may hover along the path, and exposes anything that hinders us from making our way closer to Him. His truth is our life compass, giving us clear direction. His truth is the rock that gives us firm footing as we climb, and His promises assure us that, like the deer, He will enable us to stand firmly on mountain heights.
These are the essential items that we must have in our backpack if we seek to ascend spiritually to the places God has for us. I’m ready for some new heights with God … and for some adventure!! How about you?