Faith, Mountain And The Seven Options
by Daniel Owino Ogweno
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Faith that moves a mountain is a small faith; faith that climbs a mountain is a big faith
By 'factory setting' we all want mountain out of our way. The Bible makes a provision for us to move mountains on condition that we have faith. Reality check however, shows that even with faith some mountains may not move.
I want you to imagine yourself walking along the path of faith. You come across a mountain—a huge mountain. The mountain stands in your way—between you and your destination. You look at the mountain and start thinking of what to do next. The mountain is intimidatingly huge and obnoxiously adamant.
At the foot of the mountain, you try to recall what you have learnt about how people deal with the mountains that stand on their way. You also try to find out what your predecessors did with this mountain. The fact that it is standing there means that nobody has been able to get it out of that place. You take time to think through the options available.
Most of the options available are discernible by the trails left behind by people who had travelled this path before. And how lucky we are who live in this generation! From the questions asked by the people who went ahead of us, we find trails of answers; from the mistakes they made, we get lessons and warnings.
You start your investigation. You look and see that on both sides of the mountain are well-beaten paths. The wider and beaten the path, the more it proves its popularity. You realise that turning to the right or left are remarkably popular. You conclude:
Those must be the people who still wanted to reach their destination and had opted to detour in order to avoid the mountain.
You think and realise that because the teaching of the faith entails moving mountains, and since nobody likes a mountain to stand in his way, these people who turned to the left or right must have tried to move the mountain out of the way. Detouring can easily get one off course. Somebody would only detour if he has to. You conclude:
The mountain must have defied these people who detoured!
You investigate the foot of the mountain and see a hole. You are not so clear what it is; you wonder: Is this a cave or a tunnel? The path that leads into it is not as well-beaten as the paths to the right and left of the mountain. You conclude:
There are people who went through this hole but they were few. What guarantee did they have that they would get to the other side of the mountain?
You lift your head and look at the mountain. You see a very vague path. There is no need to talk of a beaten path. In fact, one wonders if it is a path after all. You conclude:
If the people who went through the hole were few, fewer indeed were those who climbed the mountain.
You think through it and further conclude that if the path towards the top of the mountain was well-beaten, it must have been long ago. Because it is no longer popular, the bushes are eating away the trails left behind by those who once travelled this path, or probably, the path has never been popular at all.
You go on with your investigation. You realise that there are some camps near the mountain. You conclude:
These must be people who gave up on the journey and have opted to settle. They are not going anywhere. Or, maybe, they are waiting for opportune time to make a decision on how to proceed.Or that the mountain will one day give way.
As you continue pondering, you remember that on the way before you reached the mountain, you met people who were going the opposite direction. You conclude:
Those must have been the people who gave up completely and preferred to go back to where they came from.
As you analyse your findings and conclusions, you realise that there are seven options open to you. Before you embark actively on choosing what you want to do, one thing comes out clearly: The walk of faith is not built round a culture, rather it is an adventure, unique for each person. However much we are taught and are familiar with the concept of faith, the practice of it is something different. Unless one joins the crowd to travel the well-beaten pop path, the journey of faith carries an element of exploration.
Above are the seven options that are considered into more details in the book Faith, Mountain And The Seven Options.
In case the options are not yet clear to the reader, they are as follows:
i) Command the mountain out of the way;
ii) Take a detour to the left to avoid the mountain;
iii) Take a detour to the right to avoid the mountain;
iv) Camp at the foot of the mountain;
v) Go back to where you came from;
vi) Go into a cave or through a tunnel;
vii) Climb the mountain.
"It is mistakenly held that the strength of a boxer is in the power of his punches, the truth, however, is that the strength of a boxer is in his ability to withstand the best punch from his opponent"—Faith, Mountain And The Seven Options
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