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Putting Mountains in Perspective

My husband sent me a message on Facebook stating a friend had sent him a note that was for me. It read:

This is for Lori I was reading a friend’s post and I feel it needs to be shared with all women


Have you ever noticed how in the scriptures men are always going up into the mountains to commune with the Lord? Yet in the scriptures we hardly ever hear of women going to the mountains. But we know why — right? Because the women were too busy keeping life going; they couldn’t abandon babies, meals, homes, fires, gardens, and a thousand responsibilities to make the climb into the mountains!

I was talking to a friend the other day, saying that as modern woman I feel like I’m never “free” enough from my responsibilities, never in a quiet enough space I want with God. Her response floored me, “That is why God comes to women. Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women where ever they are.”

I have been pondering on her words for weeks and have searched my scriptures to see that what she said is true. God does in deed come to women where they are, when they are doing their ordinary, everyday work.

He meets them at the wells where they draw water for their families, in their homes, in their kitchens, in their gardens.

He comes to them as they sit beside sickbeds, as they give birth, care for the elderly, and perform necessary mourning and burial rites. Even at the empty tomb, Mary was the first to witness Christ’s resurrection, She was there because she was doing the womanly chore of properly preparing Christ’s body for burial.

In these seemingly mundane and ordinary tasks, these women of the scriptures found themselves face to face with divinity.

So if — like me — you ever start to bemoan the fact that you don’t have as much time to spend in the mountains with God as you would like. Remember, God comes to women. He knows where we are and the burdens we carry. He sees us, and if we open our eyes and our hearts we will see Him, even in the most ordinary places and in the most ordinary things.

He lives. And he’s using a time such as this to speak to women around the world.

He did not share with me who the person that sent this to him for me is, but I did reply to him. I also noted that the word “complaining” was changed to “talking” from the above shared article, and to me that was an important word in the orginal.

Here was my response:

I have read this one before – it is an interesting perspective for a woman to begin a relationship with God. The original article was written last April by Heather Farrell:

Personally, I read it as singling out women in a way attempting to make the reader feel more powerful than a male – but again, can see it as “milk” to open the dialogue with a woman who does not know who she is in Christ yet. I had issues with the article when I first read it because of the focus on a literal mountain, her stating she was “complaining” about it, saying she does not feel free “to climb mountains”. Feeling free, just like offense, is a choice. ?

It is my understanding that God comes to everyone where they are – not based on gender; the view of a mountain is in the perspective of a reader. For me, a mountain (Matthew 17:20) is not a literal mountain but instead are the issues of life that mount up in the focus of his children – something you cannot see over, get around; something that is blocking your path to him.

With just the smallest seed of faith, the mountain moves – becomes invisible – and is not a hindrance. Gender does not decide this – perspective does.

While of course, mountains are a physical thing, and the Bible is filled with over 500 references to them – and the physical landscape where the stories in the Bible took place is literally lined with them – we have to take our thinking to the next level and focus on the things we cannot see.