“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied…. (Lk 6:21).
I remember climbing a huge mountain over in East Asia back in 2008. It seemed like we were up there for a good part of 27 days, but it was only for a few hours. All I could think about was lunch. I’m not sure what the calorie burn is for climbing a mountain, but I’m pretty sure its major maximum calorie burn, rivaling even the most intense of CrossFit workouts.
The guy who was leading us kept talking about getting some hot pot for lunch. He said it was some big pot with a bunch of meat. I kept thinking, I want nothing to do with hot pot, I’m already sweating like a grizzly bear running a marathon.
As we descended down the mountain the thought of anything other than hot pot was heavy on my mind. And why were their not snacks somewhere on this mountain? That’s what I want to know.
When we got back into the city a few people went to get hot pot and the rest of us went to another restaurant in town. To this day, I have no idea what we ordered, but it was AMAZING. It may have been one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure if that was exemplified by the fact that I had to wait multiple hours, but it was extremely satisfying nonetheless.
Many of us are waiting for God to do something in our lives. We’re in a season of trudging up the mountain with God, wondering when the end and the His bounty are in sight. Truth be told, there’s great purpose in the perseverance of climbing the mountain with God. As we persevere, His bounty becomes that much sweeter. As we climb, our spiritual muscles grow.
The tragedy comes when we cannot wait on God. When we must take matters into our own hands, so instead of receiving the beauty of His provision, we call Dominoes for delivery. We sell ourselves short through our impatience. We lack the ability to trust God and His timing because we cannot see when this mountain range is going to end.
I remember thinking, as we were trekking along this mountain, “Does this guy who’s leading us know where he’s going????” Truth be told, I didn’t have a clue, so I had no choice but to trust him. If we could be honest, many of us ask the same question of God. It’s asinine to even entertain such a thought, but in our own understanding, we’re quick to go there. We feel the tension to take over control and God says, “trust me.”
The only way we can move from words on our mouths to actions in our hearts is to stay on the mountain. To walk through the rivers, valleys and steep ascent. Sometimes the only way to the top is through the valley.
Yet, there is a bounty that awaits us there. It is His provision. The best thing you’ve ever tasted, if you’d be willing to wait for it.
Jesus, I will wait for you. I want to taste your goodness. I often sell myself short trying to provide for myself and placing my trust, not in you, but it myself. I have been a fool. Lord, today I choose to walk by faith and not by sight. Lead me, guide me and pour out your Holy Spirit, in Jesus name, Amen.