“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth”. (Psalm 121:1-2). I love the mountains. Perhaps you guessed that from the picture. Some people are beach lovers. Don’t get me wrong. I love the beach also. But for me the mountains speak to my soul. They make me feel peaceful, closer to God. I can think there.
I was blessed to live in the mountains for a few years. Well some might say more the foothills. The landscape was always changing with the weather and with the seasons. I love the solitude you sometimes find and the quiet. Living in the mountains can have its challenges. Such as things like driving on icy mountain roads for instance. Or, being far from many conveniences. It can be a trade off. But oh, the peace and stillness of a mountain morning. The quiet. We have so little quiet in our lives these days. To my mind, I don’t know how you could live in the mountains and not know God. His presence surrounds you every day in His creation.
In the Bible if you look up the word mountain and read the various scriptures; you find many with people either living in the mountains, fleeing to the mountains and/or hiding in the mountains. I guess in some places you could hide from the world in the mountains to some extent. Maybe that’s part of the allure. At least it is for me. I sometimes long to be distant from all the turmoil in our world.
I hope that there are mountains in heaven. Or, here on earth if the earth will still be here. Its comforting to me that many scriptures in the Word that I love are about mountains. Scriptures such as Song of Solomon 2:8: “The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes . Leaping upon the mountains,skipping upon the hills”. To my mind that sounds like the Lord loves mountains too. Or one of my personal favorites can be found in different versions such as in 2 Sam 22:34, Psalm 18:35 or Habakkuk 3:19 : “The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills”. I’m sure there are those that would say that high hills is symbolic for something other than mountains. Maybe so and that’s fine; but I choose to think of being on high hills.
One of my favorite books of all time is Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It is an allegory about the character Much Afraid, and her journey to the high places. It’s a beautiful story about her challenges and difficulties along the way. Through it all she has to depend on the Shepherd and trust him; even when it looks like she is going totally in the wrong direction. Her journey is so much like ours. Her many fears, are called her “relatives” in the book. They have names like pride, bitterness and resentment and the story tells how she conquered them and changed along the way. If you have never read it; I highly recommend it! I haven’t read it in a while, I think I may have to read it again soon!
I’ve enjoyed taking this journey today of musing about the mountains. I think I sense a road trip in my future! I will leave you with one last mountain scripture.
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”. Is 55:12. Amen!