Scaling to the Heights . . . Or NotGod asked me to climb a mountain, and I took off with zest. The steps were labored, but the burn felt good. I climbed with a fresh excitement about scaling to the heights.
I met a friend along the trail. She waved me down. “I really, really want to go to the top and bask in the view, but I don’t have time. Could you pleeeeese take this camera and get some shots for me? Oh, I’d really appreciate it.”
“Sure,” I plopped her camera into my pack.
A little farther, my husband was waiting by the trail. “Hon, good thing I caught you. I have these supplies I was supposed to drop off at the peak, can you take them for me? It’s an emergency.”
I smile. “I’d love to.”
My steps are more sluggish with the added weight, but I shrug it off. Getting to the peak’s important. It’s a mission for God.
Not too long later I see a leader in my church.
“Oh, good thing you’re here. I have a meeting on the peak in ten minutes, and I can’t make it. I’ve always trust you. Can you take my place? You can make it if you sprint.”
Weary now from the added load, I really want to decline, but he looks so desperate.
“Okay, just this once.”
“I knew I could count on you,” he says, as he flashes a grin and starts back down the mountain.
After ten minutes of sprinting I crash to the ground. My heart is pounding and my legs are killing me. Why did I think this journey would be fun?
“Lord,” I cry out in desperation. “Why did you ask me to do this? Didn’t you know it would be too much for me?”
It was then I heard His voice echoing through the trees, “Daughter, what I asked you to do was to climb a mountain, and I gave you the strength to do so. It was your choice to add the burdens I asked others to carry . . .”
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey once said, “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage--pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically--to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the ‘good.’ ”
And in God's Word, we read: “For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men.” (Acts 5:39)
So, does this relate to you at all today? Have you taken on more than God has asked you to? It's a question I'm pondering myself.