They say there is something about being in nature that reconnects us to God. Recently, I had the chance to experience that for myself when two of my friends and I explored Yosemite National Park. As I hiked the trails, I couldn’t help but feel small when standing next to thousand-year old trees, marveling at the roar of enormous waterfalls and being mesmerized by the night sky, blazing with a blanket of stars. With nature surrounding me, I wondered how God could create all of it. Realizing that He created the smallest dust spec under my feet to the brightest shooting star racing overhead, I rediscovered God as the Creator. Still, the realization that God is powerful enough to create all of it is not what astounded me most; it was the realization that He is generous enough to share that power with us that stopped me dead in my tracks.
As I stood at over 7,000 feet above sea level at Glacier Point and stared at mountain peaks stretching as far as I could see, I was reminded of what Jesus told his disciples in Mark 11:23: “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” In remembering these words, I thought to myself: “I could tell this mountain in front of me to move, and it would. How crazy is that?!” It seems like an impossible feat for me, and it would be were it not for the fact that I’m not the one doing any of the heavy lifting. In this verse Jesus says, “it will be done for them,” not “they will do it.” That means that I do not move anything in my own power. God moves it for me.
So why am I not telling more mountains in my life to move? Because often the greatest mountain I face is not the giant mass in front of me, it is the mountain of doubt in my heart. I let a mountain stand in my way when I doubt that my circumstance will turn around, that my loved one will be healed, that my dreams will come true. I let a mountain stand in my way when I doubt God would do the impossible for me. I let a mountain stand in my way when I don’t believe all that God is and can do with all my heart.
But if I remember that the same God who created the mountains also created me and says He will move them for me, then I can tell the mountains to move with unwavering confidence. I can’t lift a mountain, but God placed mountains where they are by simply speaking them into existence. Why am I worrying about how He’s going to move them? My role in moving the mountains is to believe in Him and to let Him do His thing. That’s it. When I believe in God beyond the shadow of a doubt, I hear Jesus saying to me, “Truly I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” I take hold of that as a reality and apply it to my life. When I believe in God with all my heart, I can look the mountains in my life in the eye and know that they can AND WILL BE thrown into the sea.
I fear the mountain of doubt is one that too many of us have let stand in our way for far too long. So, I challenge each of us to remember the God we serve, remember He is the one who moves the mountains and promises to do that on our behalf. I challenge you to hold fast to that promise and cast the mountain of doubt into His sea of power and grace. Look the mountains in your life in the eye and say: “Move.”