The Journey Begins

Leave the Crowd, Climb the Mountain

Leave the Crowd, Climb the Mountain

Whether you are leading the crowd, following the crowd or standing in the midst of the crowd, there is comfort in hanging with the crowd. They are our people – and we feel safe and secure in their midst. It may be the crowd at our workplace, our neighborhood, our church, or wherever we hang out. The crowd is familiar with who we are, and we are familiar with who they are. We have history together – perhaps lifelong. It can be a frightening thing to leave the crowd.

But often, God calls us to do just that. He calls us to go on a journey with Him. He leads us to climb a mountain with Him – to a place or a height that we have never been before. And that climb frequently involves leaving the crowd behind – either temporarily or in some instances, permanently.

Jesus repeatedly called people to leave where they were and follow Him. And invariably He told them to climb a little higher, go a little further and draw a little closer. In the Old Testament, we often see God telling Moses to do so….

No Longer Slaves

No Longer Slaves

Every one of us at some point in our lives have found ourselves caught “between a rock and a hard place”. We didn’t expect to be caught there. We were just walking along on our “merry way”, doing what we thought we were supposed to be doing… and wham – we were diagnosed with a fatal or debilitating illness – or unexpectedly we just lost our job – or we’ve just experienced the loss of a loved one – or some other traumatic or tragic event has taken place in our lives. And in addition to the severe loss we have experienced, we have no idea where or how we are supposed to go forward from here. Then, sometime after the grief and the pain have settled in, fear begins to take over….