Sunday, April 13, 2008

From Glory To Glory--originally posted 1-29-07

Picture with me a mountain -its top not visible through the clouds. From far off it would appear that along certain levels of the mountain there are bare spots. But, as you move in for a closer look of this lush green mountain, you begin to realize that these bare spots are actually level areas that separate the steep rocky paths. On each area there are people. The lower levels have quite a few people gathered on each piece of level cleared ground.
Some have just arrived and they are lost in the view, a view they had not been able to see on the level before. The beauty is incredible and they are overwhelmed with feelings of joy. Some are preparing to move on to the next trail excited by what they will encounter. Small groups of people gather here and there discussing the journey and the hardships. Still others, bored now by the view, sit on the rocks basking in the sun. They are no longer interested in what they see and the bushes and trees now block their view.
Those who choose to continue their journey are drawn on by the voices of those on up the path. Stumbling over rocks they stop to help those along the way that have become tired or hurt. Although the path is strenuous they begin to anticipate the view ahead. They hear shouts of joy from those who have arrived at the next landing and they quicken their pace. Rounding the corner they are taken away by the clearness of the blue sky.
As friends meet friends they clasp hands and discuss their different journeys. Soon it is time for some to move on. The temptation is to stay and wait on friends that have newly arrived. Many have failed in their journey because they thought it would be o.k. to stay just until their friend was ready to go. Some, sadly never complete the journey- while others loose sight of their purpose and turn around to go back down the mountain.
Nobody knows exactly how long the journey takes. Some have guessed, but no one who has reached the top has ever come back to tell their story. There is talk that each level is more breath taking than the level before. And that what is waiting at the peak of the mountain is above and beyond what you could ever think or imagine.
Some days on the mountain are wet and dreary. The paths become slippery and many want to stop and wait out the bad weather. And still others are hot and dry with no end in sight. But, most find that if they will find someone on the same path that together they make it through the rain and dry times with just a little encouragement.

Where are you on the mountain?
Are you stuck waiting for someone to catch up?
Have you become caught up in a view from the past?
If you have the opportunity along the way to walk with someone and encourage them--do it.
Let them know of the wonderful things that are ahead.


Denise said...

Thanks for being my dear friend, and sis. I am blessed by you daily, I love you.

luvmy4sons said...

Glad you found this and reposted it. Blessing.

Denise said...

I have to admit that there were times that I sat at that clearing and stayed a bit too long.... but the sheer desire to see what lies ahead caused me to get up and get climbing......I think that there were times that I slipped and fell back some but there was always a loving brother or sister that would help me to my feet.... I have no idea where I am at on my mountain but I hear the rumbling and I see the cloud !!!!

Great post....... I love the eyes of the spiritual things that the Lord has given you...... bring things to life........ :)