I came to understand this recently as I sat in a sea of depression in the middle of my bed watching Planet Earth on the Animal Precinct channel. It told the story of a beautiful group of special cranes that had to make a gruesome, life threatening journey to the other side of the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world, if they were to eat and drink. Though they knew they faced death, though they knew some of their young would be killed, though they knew that some of them would not make it because of the danger that faced them as they confronted the mighty Himalayas, they yet moved forward. They stretched their wings and allowed the wind to push them gently, yet steadily, higher and higher. They elevated gracefully up, up higher and higher into the Himalayas.
The mountains are too tall to fly over, so the cranes had to reach enough elevation that they could rise above the storms that they would surely face trying to make it to the other side by going through the vast God majestic mountains. There was a time they even had to turn back because of the strong, turbulence coming from the ferocious storms up in the clouds. They were exhausted, hungry and thirsty. They faced a major setback and had to turn back.
Yet, they did not give up. They started again and they went through the same thing, but this time, even though hawks were waiting to prey on the weaker cranes, they didn’t stop. They moved higher up the mountain until they reached an elevation high enough that they were able to fly around the massive Himalayas all the way to the other side. Upon reaching the other side, they were able to feed on rich, fertile food and fresh water. They would have to make the long journey back again, but they had no time to think about what lay ahead. They had reached their destination through perseverance.
We too, can reach the destination that God has for us. Maybe you have lost a job recently. Maybe you don’t know how you’re going to make ends meet. Maybe you’re in a troubled relationship or you’re just plain worried about your future. My friends, God is able. God will never let us down. We must learn how to face our mountains. We may turn back at times, and feel like we will never see a brighter day ahead. But we must not linger and we must not give up. We may have to start the journey of faith again, but that’s okay because God is a God of second chances and third chances and unlimited chances. We may falter and get weary but God says He will fight our battles for us. We do have the power within us because of the Holy Spirit to say to our mountain, Move Mountain Get out of my way.