Lord, You Gave Me A Mountain

Music HighwayThere are events in life that are just too painful to go through. Tragedies occur. Heart-wrenching afflictions come before us. When each storm of life surprisingly strikes home, we quickly ask ourselves, “How can we possibly deal with this?” Then we look up toward God and ask, “Why? Why did you let this happen?” Or, “Instead of him/her, why could it not happen to me? I cannot go on, Lord.”

  • A newlywed couple have a car accident killing one spouse instantly. Why God, why?
  • Your teenage son suddenly dies on the basketball court from a previously undetected heart condition. Why God, why?
  • The parents of three children both get killed by an enemy missile attack on the city. Why God, why?

When a calamity strikes you, do you tell God He has given you a mountain that you cannot climb?

1) Did Elvis Presley, before he died, face a mountain he could not climb?

2) Was Michael Jackson, before he died, facing a mountain he could not climb?

3) We now are saddened by the death of musician, Prince. Did he, before he died, approach a mountain he could not climb?

Were we created to “climb mountains” of trials and tribulations in order to survive?

mountains

There are many hills and mountains we must face.

As I quoted in previous posts, Jesus Christ said this about faith:

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)

Does moving a mountain mean the same as climbing one? Are we to climb over mountains when life becomes difficult? Does God give us one mountain after another to hike over and back down to level ground in order to continue on with this life? I say, no.

Instead, we need God to help us live onward. Either God moves/removes mountains or He guides us around them. It is not by our own strength; not by our own conjured up faith that will have us overcome trials and difficulties. We need to have faithfulness (one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5) that God always will be with us to help us. That is something He has promised repeatedly in His Word.

Do not forget that God promises to help us soar above mountains. We are to be riding on the wings of eagles (Isaiah 40:31). Homework question: What does it mean to ride on eagle’s wings? Here is a clue: Exodus 19:4. That topic may be for a future post, God-willing.

But many have lost faith in God while encountering mountains. They universally cried out how can a good God allow such and such mishap to happen in their lives? Many therefore become atheists. They forget God; abandon Him; deny Him.

I guess it is easy for me to post my beliefs about this topic not fully understanding the pain that some of you are experiencing. But I have faced my share of mountains. In my future ones, I must remember not to easily reject God; not to get angry or bitter at Him. I must stay grounded and level-headed with Him. This is easier said than done, don’t you agree?

The ShackLast summer, I did some personal research and reflection on who or what is the Holy Spirit. For many years I believed the Spirit was only a power of some kind from God and not an actual person. But during this period of study, I picked up a book I had heard about called, The Shack by William Paul Young. Although fiction, it dealt with the Trinity and how He/They related with an individual who was in grief and bitterness against God.

The plot basically centered around a man who, while camping out with his family, tragically confronted the reality of the murder of his young daughter after she was abducted and raped. The grief stricken father blamed God. He could not see a loving God in all that had happened. He became, technically, an atheist. God responded to him in a remarkable way. Although this book was controversial for several Christians, it was very insightful for many others – including myself.

No, God does not give us any mountains that we cannot climb. In our struggles through the pain and suffering of life, we are not capable of climbing any rugged mountain of trials on our own. Yet, God is always present with us down here below. He is with us in the valley of mankind every step of the way.

The song in the two YouTube videos below is about life situations that seem impossible for us to bear. It is about those moments when we throw up our hands to God and say, “God we cannot go any further.”

According to Wikipedia:

The lyrics to the song detail a series of challenges that the singer has endured in his life, including the death of his mother while giving birth to him, a time spent in prison “for something that I never done” and the singer’s wife taking their child and leaving. He describes these setbacks as hills that he has scaled in the past, but then states that “this time, Lord, you gave me a mountain / A mountain you know I may never climb”. The original third line of Robbins’ song mentioned that he was “despised and disliked from my father”, but Laine requested that this line be changed to “deprived of the love of my father” when he recorded his version, since Laine’s father had died shortly before the recording took place.

Take heart. God does not want you to climb over this type of mountain or any mountain of agony. Instead, He wants you to simply put all of your worries, fears and pain in His hands.

 

Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins around 1968

Lord, You Gave Me A Mountain  (mid 1960’s ?)
lyrics – Marty Robbins (1925 – 1982)
music – Marty Robbins
sung by – Marty Robbins
genre – Country
first released by – Frankie Lane (1969)

Born in the heat of the desert
My mother died giving me life
Despised and disliked from a father
Blamed for the loss of his wife
You know Lord I’ve been in a prison
For something that I never done
It’s been one hill after another
And I’ve climbed them Lord one by one

Marty Robbins

Album/CD, Greatest Hits

But this time you gave me a mountain
A mountain that I may never climb
It isn’t a hill any longer
Lord, you gave me a mountain this time

My woman got tired of the hardship
Tired of the grief and the strife
Tired of working for nothing
Tired of being my wife
She took my one ray of sunshine
She took my pride and my joy
She took my reason for living
When she took my small baby boy

And this time you gave me a mountain
A mountain that I may never climb
It isn’t a hill any longer
Lord, you gave me a mountain this time

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As sung by Elvis Presley:

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