Monsters and mountains – we have to conquer them. There is no way around it. Try as we may, our avoidance of the elephant in the room is only a detour that will bring us right back to the place where we don’t wish to be. We need to fight every step of the way to climb our mountains; we need to chase our monsters instead of our monsters chasing us.
The apostle Peter probably never forgot the horrible night when he was too weak to stand up for his best friend, the night when he cowered by the fire, denied who he was, and betrayed a friendship. The one person he admired most, the precious person near and dear to his heart, the One to whom he defiantly said just moments ago: I will die for you – he betrayed Him. And the worst thing about it: His friend already knew. He turned around and looked him in the eye right about the time the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered. His friend had actually predicted his failure. How ashamed he felt that night, how miserable and worthless, nobody can tell. But the same person who predicted his failure also predicted his success. “Peter” was his given nickname because when Jesus looked at Peter, He saw his potential. He saw that Peter would become rock-solid and help ignite a movement that to this day is still moving.
Peter’s nightmare became his greatest triumph when he addressed his monsters. His legacy speaks for itself inspiring us to do the same.
Yeah, let’s kick our monsters in the behind! What are yours by the way? Mine is being stuck, a claustrophobia nightmare of sorts. One of my bad dreams at night is sitting in my car approaching a stoplight. Instead of hitting the breaks I’m frozen. Last thing I remember before willing myself to wake up from this dream – I’m in a major car crash, and of course I’m unable to get out.
What do we do when monsters are in the room? Well, we need to identify and chase them. If we duck, fear will rule our life, and that does not bode well for us.
Here is Peter’s recommendation: Add to your faith. In other words: grow. Never stop growing. Nothing stays the same, everything changes; so must our faith. Our faith matures. Our inability to accept change stunts our growth and keeps our faith small. On the other hand, when we embrace change, face our fears, and move with the changing seasons our faith is bound to grow. God knows what we will find on the other side of that mountain. Based on His track record, it is going to be very good.
loom. They can get to us. Some go out of their way to conquer them – the rising
death toll of people trying to conquer Mount Everest speaks for itself.
Mountains seem to have been around forever. However, that’s actually not the
case. Mountains do have an issue date. They were formed, and that takes time.
There are three different methods when it comes to mountain forming, and all of
these methods take millions of years:
Mountains grow under
pressure as a result of Earth’s tectonic plates smashing together;
Or they emerge based
on volcanic activity;
Or they are carved
through erosion; Case in point: The Grand Canyon.
story of the Grand Canyon is pretty fascinating. The hot debate over the age of
the Grand Canyon has raged for over 140 years. The most recent findings support
the following theory: while the Colorado River has been carving the Grand
Canyon for only 6 million years it is flowing through canyons that date back
about 70 million years.
about old mountains here: The Himalayas are generally thought to have arisen
from the collision of India and Asia 55 million years ago – although experts
are split over the age here as well! Some go as far as 450 million years. Well,
whatever the issue dates, the age span of mountains puts our own issue date
into perspective. Mankind has not been around long enough to watch and record
the forming of the mountains. There are many things that have preceded us. Our
own time table shrinks in comparison to the time table God operates with. God
certainly took His sweet time to form mountains. And logically, He was there
before the mountains were born.
it comes to relying on the Rock of Ages we’re in good company. All of creation
does! Mountains do. They were millions of years in the making. Maybe that helps
us realize that some things may not materialize in our life time and be OK with
it. Microwaved solutions smell of impatience, and impatience accomplishes
leaves destruction in its wake while patience builds mountains over millions of
years. “Well” – you might say – “I don’t have a million years!” Personally, I
think if we thought beyond our own generation, if we thought of generations to
come, then we would go about our business in a slightly different fashion. It
starts with preserving this planet for our grandchildren and great grandchildren
and their great grandchildren.
earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans are from the Middle Paleolithic,
about 200,000 years ago. How long it takes our species to destroy a planet
which took billions of years to evolve is yet to be seen. We certainly have
built enough weaponry to blow up our planet many times over.
much smaller scale, let’s fill up our patience meter and be a peacemaker today.
I believe that every small effort we make in this department forms a mountain
in its own right: a mountain of peace, a monument of God’s love. Your lifetime
maybe short compared to real mountains, but your impact will go way beyond your