We just got home from our annual YWAM Bay Area [Website] Staff Retreat where the the theme was 'Faith the Move Mountains'. I was totally on board with this and felt that it was a power proclamation of what I want to see happen in my faith life... I WANT BREAKTHROUGH!
I've been praying for movement on so many things I have kept close to my heart, words from the Lord about myself, my marriage, my family and the ministry. I'm believing for BIG things! In the mean time, I've invested prayer and have fought off the things that have tried to squash these words. I've held hope and faith in my heart but, in all truthfulness, I have wanted to let my faith be jaded by disappointment and fear. So, this staff retreat came at the perfect time!
While at the retreat, I was asking the Lord for not only an increase in faith but wisdom to see through His perspective and not my own. I spent a lot of time in reflection and just listening. I was listening to Hillsong United's 'People' album (album) and one song in particular stood out to me as I was asking my questions.
In the chorus of the song called Highlands (lyrics) it says:
I will praise You on the mountain
And I will praise You when the mountain’s in my way
You’re the summit where my feet are
So I will praise You in the valleys all the same
No less God within the shadows
No less faithful when the night leads me astray
You’re the heaven where my heart is
In the highlands and the heartache all the same
The question I asked myself was, "When I feel like the mountain is in my way... am I still praising God?" God is God. He deserves the praise no matter what so am I letting any mountains prevent me from doing that?
I was also reading Psalm 46 (read here) at the same time, which says:
I felt like my gaze was widened. I keep praying for mountains to move or fall... or whatever but I have not taken into account the aftermath of it all. It probably feels like a scary surge. There is usually destruction before the land is cleared. There is a forging that happens before the path is made. Is my heart and posture ready for that? Have I been in a state of gratefulness and praise even if I feel like things are in my way because circumstantially it's not going to magically get easier... its just going to be different. But it will be easier if I realize that God is God. He is with us. He is strong. He is present. He is a refuge. He is almighty. He is the one doing it. Praise be to Him, and to Him ALONE... whether in the valley, on the summit or looking from afar.
Today, are you praising Him? If you aren't sure the, take a moment... be still....know Him... praise Him! Because when he moves those mountains and they crumble into the sea, its going to kick up a big wave and you'll either drown in it or ride it. I want to ride it!