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Topic: Mountains (09/20/04)
TITLE: Obstacle Course 101
By Norma OGrady
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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!