The Bible tell stories of numerous mountain experiences, like when Noah built an ark and it rained until the mountains were covered. Every living thing on the Earth died, except for the boat people. Isaac took a hike up a mountain with his father and nearly became a sacrifice, but because his father, Abraham, had been obedient unto God, Isaac was saved.
In the New Testament, the Devil met Jesus in the wilderness and tried on three separate attempts to tempt Jesus. On the third attempt, he took Jesus to a huge mountain, pointed out the Earth’s kingdom and said, “They’re yours–lock, stock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.” (Matthew 4:9)
Recently, I watched a new TV series about real life surviving stories. In 2011, a family of four in Alaska survived a crash in a small aircraft. A heavy fog swooped down upon the airplane, and after the pilot skimmed the top of a mountain, the plane skidded to a stop. The pilot and another passenger died on the mountain, but the father, Donald, who suffered a broken back and both legs, was determined to save his family. Throughout the night he kept them awake by singing the words to a children’s poem: “These little hands are held in prayer. To thank you God for being there. These little hearts speak to you.” In all, they sang for a good part of 12 hours.
Miraculously, they were rescued from their mountain-top experience. And, because Jesus could not be tempted to follow the Devil’s lead, we, too are rescued by our strong God in all our dangerous mountain top experiences.
Dear Lord, let us delight in worshipping you as the strong, holy one. Amen.