Sometimes it takes stepping out of our comfort zones to be reminded of a simple truth. Mercy staff, Katie, shares how God spoke to her on top of a mountain and how the timing of His message couldn’t have been better.
Has it ever taken you stepping out of your daily routine to be reminded of how awesome God truly is? Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays and has been for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my brother and I would spend June begging our parents to visit every firework tent within driving distance. We would cook out with our family and friends and spend the evening enjoying the beauty of the fireworks. As I’ve gotten older, the tradition has changed, and I’ve made it a point to see and experience something new each year during Fourth of July. This year was no different.
A few weeks ago, I had this sense that God was trying to tell me something; I just couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. I decided that there was no better place to find clarity than on the top of beautiful Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. As I hiked to the top of the mountain on Fourth of July weekend, I was hot, sweaty, and short of breath. Those short two miles felt like ten. When I finally reached the top of the mountain, it didn’t matter that I was exhausted, red- faced, and winded. Though my body was tired, my mind was peaceful.
If you’ve ever gone hiking, or even driven, up a mountain you would likely agree that the view is like nothing you’ve ever seen. This is how I felt at the top of Mount Pisgah. As I stared out across God’s beautiful creation, I began to find some perspective. I often find myself living in my own little bubble here in Nashville, but there’s so much more happening than what’s in my own little world. The words from Psalm 103 started ringing in my ears. David reminds us that as far as the east is from the west, the Lord knows us. He knows our hearts, our name, and our transgressions. In this big world filled with billions of people, He knows us. Not only does He know our hearts, He knows what we need.
On one hand, it can be overwhelming to remember that there are billions and billions of people sharing the same ground you walk on. On the other hand, it’s comforting to know that even though the Earth is much bigger than what we see every day, God knows us. He knows every detail about us.
As I’ve been praying through this Psalm and asking God to reveal Himself more through these words, I’ve found comfort in the fact that I’m not alone. The Creator of the Universe knows my heart. He knows what I need, and He knows just how I need it. Lately I’ve found myself feeling complacent – complacent in my daily routine, complacent in my relationships, and complacent in my spiritual walk. Spiritual complacency is easy to fall into, and I’ve had to intentionally seek and ask the Lord to remind me of His goodness and glory. Climbing to the top of this mountain was exactly what I needed to break free of that complacency and hear just what God was saying to me.
God used Mount Pisgah to not only show me how great and how awesome He is, He spoke to me on that mountain and gave me words to cling to. No matter where we are in life: complacent, heartbroken, filled with joy, or even uncertain about the future, God knows your name, He knows my name, and His love lasts forever. Among all the people on this Earth, God chooses to know you. I encourage each of you to find your mountain and listen to what God is telling you. When you simply ask Him to reveal Himself, He will. He may not use an actual mountain, but He will show up. He never fails.