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Sometimes it takes a  mountain
Linda Wegner

Well, I’ll admit it, it’s been a tough week; even as we look forward to upcoming vaccinations and, as health officials assure us, a “light at the end of the tunnel”, I and friends have found ourselves “climbing mountains”.

A fire in our son’s garage destroyed months and countless dollars spent on restoring a Firebird vehicle. Then, news today that a dear friend and former work partner, is battling cancer in his spine. Learning that there are several cases of COVID in our immediate area made me tighten my mask and extend my distancing to more than six feet. As I said, I admit I’ve found myself knocked for a loop this week.

In the midst of all that, I found myself listening to a most beautiful and inspiring song on my computer that both lifted my spirits and provided thoughts on what I want to share with you in this week’s article.

A beautiful rendition of the song, “Sometimes it takes a mountain” brought tears to my eyes and courage to my emotions. Here are just a few words of the piece:

“Sometimes it takes a mountain, sometimes a troubled sea. Sometimes it takes a desert to get a hold of me. Your love is so much stronger than whatever troubles me. Sometimes it takes a mountain to trust You and believe” (Mark Mathes, music minister at Crossway Baptist Church, penned the Dove Award-nominated song).

When facing difficulties and churning emotions, we have the choice as to how we respond. While so many events are out of our control, knowing that the love and care of Jesus toward us never changes, provides much needed courage.

How about you? Between the emotions generated by a year’s worth of COVID restrictions, personal struggles and world conditions, remember God’s there to support you in your mountainous climb.
March 8, 2021