Overcoming Life’s Great Mountains

This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.

Zechariah 4:6-7

Climbing Mt. Korobaba a few weeks ago, left me contemplating how we often struggle with life’s so called ‘great mountains’. At times during the hike I felt like giving up, I couldn’t help but draw parallels from life. I mean, what do you do when life deals you a tough hand like rejection, defeat, unfairness – when you find yourself praying that things like death, cancer and war won’t happen to you and yours. To come to terms with the fact that there are times when we have to say goodbye to the ones we love the most, shed a tear out of frustration and just cry “WHY?”

Be a FROG

   Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  1 Peter 5:7

At times I find myself struggling and worrying without progress on a particular task/ obstacle and then in absolute frustration after I’ve done all I know to do, I find myself throwing my hands and declaring “it’s in your hands Lord”. It’s funny because I not only recognize myself in this scenario but I recognize that I continue to do it over and over again! When it finally clicked to me that I had been trying God’s hands instead of truly putting it all in His hands, I began to feel the freedom of trusting God first in my life, instead of as a last resort.

FROG stands for (being) Fully Reliant on God. Our God is far greater than we can ever fathom, he owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Always remember that no matter how helpless and futile the situation might be, God is able to take even the worst details of the worst situation and turn it into abounding grace. ‘But the challenge looks too big for me.’ It’s never too big for God. Be a FROG – trust in God.

Never Give Up

The story’s told of a couple who loved mushrooms and bought several pounds of them from a roadside vendor. They made mushroom omelettes, mushroom salad, mushroom soup, and even concocted a mushroom desert. Their cat gobbled up the leftover mushrooms. Later the lady went into her kitchen and found the cat lying on the floor, gasping for breath. She immediately phoned the vet who said they’d probably gotten some poisoned toadstools and advised they go to the hospital. After having their stomachs pumped the couple came home expecting to see their cat lying lifeless on the floor. Instead the cat was in the corner with a brand new litter of kittens. What they thought were death pains were just birth pains! When it seems that all hope is gone and your dream is gasping for its last breath, don’t give up – keep believing God; you’re closer to giving birth than you’ve ever been.

Hang with other FROGS

You must cultivate the companionship of other like minded people. In Genesis we read of how Joseph (the Dreamer) by interpreting the dreams of the butler was introduced to Pharaoh, who also had a dream, one that changed Joseph’s life. So build relationships with people who also have a have the same goals and values, people who strengthen your faith and shape you into the right person.  ‘… Iron sharpens iron… so a man sharpens… his friend.’ (Pro. 27:17)

Be Forgetful and Fruitful

Your willingness to forget sets your free from the past; your willingness to try something new opens the door to the future. ‘… Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Phil. 3:13) “Forgetting and reaching’ call for sequential action: forget, and then reach! God can help you get over it and move on. ‘Does that mean I won’t be able to recall the event?’ No, that’s amnesia. It means you won’t want to recall it. God will give you the ability to refrain it, glean wisdom, and become successful because of it.

 

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TuMa

Missionary with Cru serving in the Pacific Islands. Lover of boxing, history and adventure.

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