I met up with a friend tonight. Mostly because another minute home alone was going to do me in. Sometimes my thoughts are too loud and my bedroom walls amplify them, as if that’s possible. That’s what happens when you overthink and re-evaluate every decision you’ve made….well, since you started making your own decisions.
We walked along the aisles of a chain bookstore as she spoke of disappointments and frustrations. The questionings of the mid-thirties mind. I wonder if the world has us going through midlife crises sooner or if this is how it’s happened since the beginning of time. Either way, I remind her she isn’t alone.
And she isn’t. You aren’t, either. We’ve all experienced it. Regardless of age, marital status, job placement or ministry opportunity there comes a time where we wonder if we are doing anything of significance. Are we truly living out are calling? Are we making a difference? Are we just wasting time?
We decided to take a drive up to a place called Harris Hill. Depending on the time of day or night, there’s a variety of activity there. We pass the go-cart track, the old timey children’s rides, the park campgrounds, the museum and reach the lookout. From there you can see the valley wedged between the surrounding hills. It’s dusk which means almost all of the benches and swings are full. All but one, so we settle in to watch the last red sliver of sun go down. The air is cool, surprisingly cool, considering it’s been in the 90’s all day.
Everything is green. Fresh. Alive. Lush. The river weaves in and out of the forestry below. We sit perched taking it all in. It’s beautiful.
“So what do we do now?” She asks.
“Wait just a few more minutes.”
“I mean, about life.”
“I feel like the advice is the same.”
As we look out at His kingdom, we pray. For guidance and wisdom and strength to get through the next few minutes. And then, the next few after that.
After our whispered “Amens” we are reminded of Jesus and how He would often go to the mountainside to pray. He needed those moments to connect with the Father and hear His voice. Those moments recharged Him so He could do what He was called to do– heal the sick, love the unlovely, and disciple a ragtag band of misfits. I can only imagine how tiring it all must of been. Because, I mean, people.
I’m not sure what those mountainside chats between God and Jesus sounded like. Maybe they sounded like the prayers that my friend and I offered. “God, we just want to be faithful to what you’re calling us to do.” I imagine God smiling, both at Jesus and two silly girls on a mountainside, and saying, “I am so pleased with you.”
You see, I’m not sure it’s all about the doing. Sure, I believe we’ve all got a holy calling. Unique callings that ultimately all have the same goal: to bring glory to our Heavenly Father.
So, I guess, the most important thing we can do is continue meeting with God just like Jesus did. Keep asking Him what to do and when to do it and He’ll help us do the things we are supposed to do when we are supposed to do them.
Let’s commit to a few more minutes in His presence. May our mountainside chats with God, wherever they may take place, prepare us for whatever tasks or Heavenly assignments come our way: this week, this month and every day until the day we meet Him face to face.
To God be the glory!
4 thoughts on “Mountainside Chats With God”
I definitely agree with you that it is not about the doing that is the main thing. I believe that the main thing is the relationship that we maintain with Him. I really appreciate your blogs, and they are very edifying. Thank you for your faithfulness in posting them.
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Thank you so much! Praying my faithfulness would increase in my writing!
I totally relate with feeling dissatisfied but still too young to have a mid life crisis. I really appreciated your approach to handling the feeling, it reminds me a lot of when I read Don Miller’s “Through Painted Deserts”. Thanks for writing, this was very encouraging to me.
First and foremost, let me tell you about how you’re not common (at least in my eyes) and how I see God’s extraordinary work in your life through the stories you share.
I’m in my late-twenties and I feel this pressing question inside of me all the time, too. Am I doing something significant for Jesus? Is it enough or should I do more? Does God require me to go places or should I stay where I am and continue serving in my sphere of influence? Often these questions are answered by Him while I’m in the bathroom praying, reading the Bible, or listening to Switchfoot (as funny, weird, and crazy that may sound, it’s where I always hear from Him).
We all want that “Well done, my good and faithful servant” and as someone who overthinks like you do, it can sometimes be overwhelming. And when we feel that way, we look to the God who is higher than we are. When we do, despite the pressing questions, we can be assured that He’ll answer and He’ll guide us faithfully until we finish the race.
Thanks for your inspirational story. I look forward to reading more.