Tuesday, September 7, 2010


The Biblical concept of moving mountains is usually represented as changing something that appears very large or impossible for one individual to accomplish. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11:23) What this passage does not give us is a time frame for when this will take place. God’s time is not measurable. It could be over centuries that the earth’s moving against itself will gently crumble away at the mountains foundation and render it into the sea. Much like the San Andreas Fault in San Francisco. Then again, it may take time to blast the mountain into small pieces and cart truckloads away to be cast into the sea. Either of these examples result the moving the mountain as very discouraging endeavor.

The faith to move mountains is like a magicians slight of hand. It assumes that we must go through the mountain to get what we want. But in our Spiritual Being, we already have what we want. We might think we have to blast people to get what we want, or we have to grind away at great project. Often, what we need to do is to gently walk to the other side of the mountain. When we stand on the other side of the mountain we may decide that the mountain wasn’t the problem in the first place. Often, what needs to be moved is our perspective.

I can’t help but think of a song I sang as a child: “The bear went over the mountain.” When he got over the mountain the only thing he could see was the other side of the mountain. How many people live in this manner? They blast their way through situations and the get to see the other side, but they never seem erase the view of the mountain from their vision. Nor do they seem to learn that life often looks the same on the other side of the hill. They make many geographical changes only to bring their same limited perspective with them.

Our bodies grow and change in slow fashion. We wouldn’t expect the person who had open-heart surgery last week to be healed. Yet, we often expect people to go through a change of heart, or mind over night. Even if this were a possibility, it’s possible that it would be overwhelming emotionally. What we need to remove more often than illness are the concepts of lack and limitation. Our souls are like small flowers that are gently unfolding and great force will not make them blossom sooner, it will only make the small petals wither.

What is the problem that appears to stand in your way? Is it looming large like the mountain? What do you desire once you get to the other side of that mountain? Or, better to pose the question what do you feel that you lack, what does the mountain keep you from having? It could very well be that when you align yourself with Faith and a Healing Higher Power, you may uncover that those things already abide deep with your being.

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