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Topic: Mountains (09/20/04)

TITLE: Obstacle Course 101
By Norma OGrady


The word mountain is used to describe an enormous task we will face or have faced.

The word mountain has been used in many modern day songs, like "You gave me a mountain this time".(words & music by Marty Robbins)

Born in the heat of the desert

My mother died given' me life

Deprived of the love of a father

Blamed for the loss of his wife

You know, Lord, I've been in a prison

For something that I've never done

It's been one hill after another

But I've climbed them all, one by one

But this time, Lord, you gave me a mountain

A mountain I may never climb

And is isn't a hill any longer

You gave me a mountain this time

My woman tired of the hardships

Tired of the grief and the strife

So tired of workin' for nothin'

Tired of bein' my wife

She took my one ray of sunshine

She took my pride and my joy

She took my reason for livin'

She took my small baby boy

So this time, Lord, you gave me a mountain

A mountain I may never climb

And it isn't a hill any longer

You gave me a mountain this time.

Looking in the Bible, reading the narrative by Luke, I see Mary the mother of Jesus faced many mountains.

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" Mary thought "how in the world could she become with child, never knowing a man". Now this is a mountain. Also being with child without being married was another tremendous mountain, since this was seen as a crime, punishable by death. Then the angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to see her relative Elizabeth she then begins to sing! Singing is a wonderful way to talk to God.

And Mary sang:

"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.

From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great

things for me-- holy is his name.

His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who

are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful

to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."

Mary was faced with many mountains durning her life time, just as we are, what makes the difference in the mountain is who you have with you when you are climbing. God was Marys saviour. God brought her through it all, just like He will bring us through it all. Just trust in Him!

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee09/27/04
what a terrific idea to compare song lyrics to reflect the heart of victory.
Desert Rose09/28/04
God gives us many mountains to climb and them He offers to carry us up those mountains whenever we need help. Unfortunately our pride keeps us from getting help, therefore we never even attempt to climb those mountains anymore, or if we do we only make it up part way. God expects us to ask for great things since He is the Almighty
Thank you for reminding me of these things with your article.
Carol Shaffron09/28/04
such a many faceted God Who gives us many faceted meanings on mountains