Even though the journey’s long
And I know the road is hard
Well, the One who’s gone before me
He will help me carry on
After all that I’ve been through
Now I realize the truth
That I must go through the valley
To stand upon the mountain of God
– Excerpt from the song Mountain of God by Third Day
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Vista: “an extensive mental view (as over a stretch of time or a series of events)” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy!”
The every-man’s twangy voice of John Denver plays over the radio. Sunlight glinting through the windshield. The gears whirr as they creep along the narrow path slowly. This is what a Jeep is made for.
“Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.”
It’s a bright summer day in the Pacific Northwest. Everything is still green, but a little dryer. It looks as though a small layer of dust has dulled the vegetation and by now, any native north-westerner is secretly hoping it will rain again soon. The sun is beautiful, but it’s always a shame to see the greenery fade. It seems unlikely, but by the time August rolls around many in Washington and Oregon are feeling the effects of seasonal depression. Not for the lack of sun, but for the overabundance of it.
A thin tree branch bends then slaps her in the face after being displaced by the frame of the windshield. The top’s off laying in the garage at home. Of course it is on a day like today. Who wants any interruption between the great outdoors and the interior of a vehicle built for adventure. There’s something about being able to look down towards your feet and see the ground blur by while driving. But right now it’s slow going. The trail is narrow and winding and a little dusty. It’s hard to say whether the destination or the adventure is more compelling. Don’t mistake anyone in a Jeep. They will reach the destination, but the adventure is just as much a motivating force. Maybe that’s why they all wave to each-other?
By now the old John Denver tape is starting to noisily play the old standard Rocky Mountain High and the foliage is beginning to break. The terrain is beginning to steepen. The view of the top is coming into sight. This isn’t Colorado, but the lyrics still seem perfectly fitting.
“Rocky Mountain high Colorado
Rocky Mountain high…”
Finally it’s the summit. The destination has been reached. And it’s worth it. It’s doesn’t matter how old someone is here. It doesn’t matter what there name is, or who they are. This view’s for everybody. Lakes formed by rivers in canyons. The city in the distance. Home…
The world we live in looks so different from above. Somehow we seem small when we see in perspective. Somehow this sort of perspective makes what life should be, make a little more sense. And the thought crosses a mind. What are we doing? Why are we constantly trying to conquer. We’re so small. This mountain is what matters.
Metaphors are everywhere. God created them on purpose. Definitely… He made them on purpose. We’re all on an adventure. There will be beautiful ones and muddy ones. But there’s always a destination. Mt. Zion God calls it. The summit is unlike any other. It’s view dwarfing any peak man’s ever stood upon. Upon that peak not only will we be able to see life fully, but Jesus’ arms will be wrapped around our shoulders. There will be an explanation for everything. Maybe we’ll wonder why. Maybe we’ll just know. What matters now is the Mountain. What matters now is the Cross upon it. What matters now is that we’re on it. If you’re reading this, you’re still on the adventure with me. It’s enjoyable and it’s beautiful. Hopefully the top is down and the scenery is beautiful. But there will be tough times, times when it would be easier to turn around. However, we’re following Christ and no one can underestimate His power. It’s something we all have in common. Maybe that’s why we like to wave.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learnt today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,