Devotions

Climb Every Mountain

Remember It | Devotion #3: Climb Every Mountain
Mary Jane Johns | Worship Leader

When I was in high school, my life was all wrapped up in music and sports. I sang in a number of musicals. We did “Brigadoon,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” and “The Fantasticks.” It was so much fun getting to know each cast member, the music, and last but not least the dance steps. The time spent learning the music, blocking, and memorizing lines was not lost when it came to the performances. I can still remember the actual feeling of being in character. What sheer joy it was to sing those words and feel those feelings like the real characters. 

My two favorite musicals were “The Sound of Music” and “Music Man.” I do not think I will ever forget the words to the songs. My director at the time was terrific and really left an impression on me. He recently sent me a message reminding me of how great that time in my life was. It was so good to reminisce. No matter how memorable that time in my little world was, I do not need to go back and live those moments again. In the midst of that joy, I also felt an emptiness. It was a very painful time for me. My dad had passed away, and my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Our family was experiencing financial difficulties, and I felt a bit lost. Walking through those deep waters was rough. As a sixteen-year-old girl, I was secretly feeling insecure and deeply hurt. I remember getting all wrapped up in those musicals and feeling safe within my character. I was at a crossroads. Instead of my own ambition, I chose to seek God. I chose to let go of my own aspirations and decided that God would be the One that I relied on for strength, wisdom, and direction. Seeking after His heart was a huge decision and a very life-altering moment. Jesus has been and will be my portion and my help. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” I will choose to remember this verse in times of struggle and loneliness. 

Philippians 3:12-13 adds, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.” 

I am living my best life right now in Jesus. With Jesus as your personal Savior, you are living your best life, too! This is our happily ever after. Remembering that time of loneliness, insecurity, and hurt has helped to shape me into the wife, mother, and grandma I am today. Jesus wants us to continually stretch ourselves to be the very best version of ourselves that we can be.

The song, “This We Know,” is filled with such powerful phrases:
You are Who You say You are.
You’ll do what You said You’ll do.
You’ll be Who You’ve always been to us, Jesus.
This we know.
We will see the enemy run.
This we know.
We will see the victory won.
We hold on to every promise you’ve ever made.
Jesus, you are unfailing. 

I love the promise that Jesus will never leave us. When walking through this earthly life, we may flub a line, forget a verse, or sing a bit off key. God’s promises are sure and steady. We can stand on it, believe it, claim it, and remember it. By remembering these things, we can climb every mountain.



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