Move the Mountain that is in Your Way
By: Elizabeth L. Creecy
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Mark 11:23 NKJV
A few years back, I couldn’t sleep because I was facing a mountain of a problem. I allowed the matter to steal my peace and joy. Ultimately it consumed me! After realizing sleep was not on the horizon, I went outside to let my dog use the bathroom.
My dog, Moo-Moo, is an extremely slow pooper! He unapologetically takes his sweet little time. So, I sat down on my front doorsteps, where my eyes were drawn to this black ant frantically walking in circles. The ant was stuck between two of my large running shoes. (I say large because my feet are big! Go ahead, call me… stompers!)
I observed this ant go in circles, walking in one direction and only to pivot with confusion in another. Yet, the little guy kept returning to the same place. As I watched him with the eagle eye view, I thought, “silly ant, walk over my shoes; you can fight gravity, or walk the 4-inches toward the heel of my shoe, and you will be free.” That is when I realized what it must be like to be God watching over us when we frantically try to grab control or defeat the mountain in front of us without Him. He can see what we cannot see. Yet, how many times do we stop and ask for the Lord’s guidance, help, or intervention?
Are you trusting yourself more than you trust God?
Take a moment and pause here. Who are you trusting with your life? You or God?
Where do you need to surrender the reigns to God?
Similarly, the person who is not close to our problems can see alternative ways around our obstacle. Sometimes we are too locked into one perspective. The ant was too close to my shoe. He could not figure out how to successfully move the mountain in his way! He needed to calm down, breathe, and think of another way.
At that moment, I realized I was behaving identically to the ant. He was frantically walking around, unable to adapt to the change he was facing and make up his mind on which direction to go. I was exhibiting the same behavior towards my mountain. I was franticly rushing to move instead of being still and relying on God and His promises for me. I was focusing on the problem and not the solution. Isn’t Jesus the answer? The more I grow in Christ, the more I see Jesus is the answer for everything! The Bible is our life manual! I was focusing on overwhelm. I was focusing on what the world says about my problems, not God! What was the better choice of focus?
Glorifying the Father and seeing the opportunity in front of me is a good thing. See what Paul says in Romans below.
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:1-5).
I could have seen my tribulation as a more favorable opportunity for growth as Romans encourages.
Let’s go back to the ant again. In perfect unison, as the epiphany of acting like the ant overtook me, the ant realized he was small enough to go under the shoe where there’s a slight rise against the shoe’s sole and the floor. When I saw the ant walk through the mountain via the natural tunnel, the shoe, and the floor created, I thought, “hmm… I wonder how many natural tunnels we miss because we too are too frantic, anxious, and overcome with suffering and hopelessness to see a way around, through, or move the mountain?” I mean, God does tell us multiple times not to think the world’s way, but there I was doing precisely that!
Right as the ant went through the mountain’s tunnel, my dog had finished his business. We both went inside and off to bed. The following day, as I took my dog back out to go to the restroom, I saw the shoes, which triggered the ant’s memory and teachings.
The inconvenient mountain that I had given a significant negative meaning to and viewed as an enormous obstacle was probably the same size as the shoe was to the ant. Physically it seems giant in comparison to me, but to God, it’s so tiny, just as the shoe seemed so huge to the ant, but to me, it seemed so effortless to move.
In a way, it was adorable to watch the ant freak out over such a small problem. I remember smiling and chuckling at the ant, thinking, “calm down, little guy – all you need to do is trust me. If you can’t free yourself, I will help you get free.” And, wouldn’t you know it, the little ant found a way out once he stopped moving and (what appeared to have) calmed down.
Isn’t it ironic? I was so confident regarding getting the ant freed from the obstacle that I told him to trust me, yet how many times are you not trusting God in a similar situation? God’s declarations in these situations are the same, TRUST ME (God). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Just as I wanted the ant to trust me, God wants you to trust Him with your problems. God is always there to help! He will never leave you nor forsake you.
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you. So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?'”
Isn’t that life? We frantically and sometimes recklessly search for answers when we feel a huge mountain has been dropped in front of us. Of course, sometimes there doesn’t need to be a mountain for us to do that too. How can we remember to BE STILL and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD?
Instead, our faith and trust in the Father need to be bigger than our fears! Problems are just big shoes in our way, barriers that mean only what we tell it to mean.
What if you first went to God about the matter? After going to God, you focused on all that is in your control – looking for solutions? Remember, fear is exhausting and contagious. When you have more energy, you can address your concerns with a little less stress, anxiety, and overwhelm, with A LOT more God! Everyone is better when their stress and anxiety are minimal! Remember the enemy’s tactics!
Here are some suggestions next time you find yourself up against a mountain:
1). Pray to God. Remember, to cast all your cares on to him, for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Philippians 4:6-7). Don’t forget you can ask for God’s wisdom, and He will give it to you (James 1:5).
2). Say out loud, multiple times a day: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Speaking it out loud is vital for your inner ear – your spirit man – to hear you say scripture. Remember, faith comes from hearing, and your spirit man favors your voice!
3). Invite God into the matter. Then, spend at least 90% of your energy brainstorming solutions or strategies to walk around the obstacle or move the mountain. But don’t move until God agrees! Don’t do this without GOD! He can help you way better!
Think: What are other ways I can look at this? What is the result I want? What do I have control over that will help me achieve this result? What does trusting God with this mountain look like? What does believing I can move this mountain look like? What do you want to do with this God? Ask questions to get you thinking and believing it’s possible! Maybe you need to do this with a coach or whomever your wise counsel is.
When you find yourself focusing on the problem, remind yourself to find the solution. Ask God to help you. He will answer – it might not be when or how you want, but He will!
God is bigger than some silly running shoes!
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).