This mountain’s high
I started cleaning my room today while listening to the Eagles teachings by Dr Rob Carman, but became so engrossed in what he was saying that I just lay on my bed and listened while I had papers and books scattered all over my floor.
One thing I learned today about eagles is how they deal with storms.
When storms come, all the other birds fly away. But not the eagle. When he sees a storm coming from afar, he will fly to a mountaintop and face the storm head on. And when the storm reaches him, he’ll allow the wind to carry his wings so that he can soar above the storm.
Isaiah 40 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.
Mount Moriah was where Abraham sacrificed Isaac, or was gonna sacrifice Isaac. Mount Zion is the location of the temple of God. Mount Sinai is where Moses removed his sandals because of God’s power and presence. Mount Ebal is where Joshua built an altar. Mount Carmel is where Elijah met the prophets of Baal. Jesus was transfigured on a mountain, Jesus prayed and preached from mountains, and it was on Mount Calvary that he died for the sins of the world.
What do mountains mean? Mountains mean that we have a high call.
Dr. Rob Carman
Another thing I learnt from Dr Rob is that the eagle has only one natural enemy — the snake. The devil came to man in the form of a snake, to which Jesus refers to as the serpent, and the devil is the only natural enemy that man has. It is against him that we fight our battles. But we aren’t fighting alone. Isaiah 40:31 says that if we hope in the Lord, he will renew our strength. Like the eagle, we can soar above the storms that we encounter in life, but we cannot rise above if we rely on our own ability to flap our wings. We need to rely on something else, something that gives us the necessary push to overcome what we face.
With 2011 – the year of ‘uncomfortable’ – very quickly drawing near, I am nervously anticipating the challenges that the year will bring. I can already sense that it’s going to be a hard year. But I know that out of those tests, evaluations, hardships, setbacks, disappointments and worries will come a reward that can match none on this earth. I have a higher calling and there is no reason that I could possibly come up with that would be a good enough excuse for me to quit.
Bring it on, 2011.
– “Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney