Do you ever feel like this mountain goat? Alone on a cliff, overlooking somewhere you would rather be? The view is great and you could actually enjoy it for a long time. And then, the landscape beyond beckons and you want to just climb down and go investigate.
But now there’s that big ol rock to shimmy down. It’s steep, scary, and you wonder how you got up there in the first place. Whose bright idea was this? Sure, you accomplished a great feat to get there, but now you want to go where the grass is green and the water is cool and blue. It’s down there, and you are up here.
Do you back down the way you came or do you look for another route to reach your dream destination, you know, the other dream destination?
Or you can sit down and ask yourself some questions.
- Do I really need to go down there? Sure, it looks like a great place, but is it really where you are supposed to be? Or are you supposed to linger for a while on the mountain top? I’m sure Jesus wanted to get away from his stint on the mountain. Matthew 4:5 – 6 But there was a work to be done, and He stayed till it was time to go.
- What is God trying to show me up here? Am I just here to admire the view? To be satisfied that I’ve done a very hard thing? Is the fact that you are on top the whole point? You have a big view, but are you seeing the big picture?
- What did you learn from your journey that you need to take back down with you? What did you learn from it that you need to leave there on the mountain? It’s often the journey that is the most life changing, not the view.
I can’t answer these questions for you. I struggle to answer them for myself. We aren’t always afraid to go higher, but we are often afraid to go deeper.
What is your preference? The view or the journey? Higher or deeper?