Only A Mountain

June 28, 2014 by


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This is a song I reach for when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed about any situation that feels too big for me in that moment. While listening to a song certainly doesn’t solve all of my problems, move mountains, or make all of the stress and fear go away, it does change my perspective.

Let’s consider together Only A Mountain by Jason Castro. (His lyrics are in bold).

Another day, another fight – It always feels like an uphill climb
Another step, another mile – The story of your life

It’s harder than you ever thought and it cost you everything you‘ve got
When you’re back against the wall and you feel like giving up

This is only a mountain – You don’t have to find your way around it
Tell it to move, It’ll move – Tell it to fall, It’ll fall
This is only a moment – You don’t have to let your fear control it

Remember that Jesus, in Matthew 17:20, said, “for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (NKJV)

Honestly, I have some trouble wrapping my head around the theological implications of that statement. There is a reason He is God and I am not! Nevertheless, He said it, and He is Truth (John 14:6).

Jason’s outlook on fear is so helpful to me when I am facing a mountain. He acknowledges the fact that we are, at times, fearful of our circumstances, but then reminds us that we don’t have to let that fear be in control. The Bible has more to say about fear than I have the space to go into here, but do a search of the Scriptures for yourself, and you will see that fear can be a choice.

You gotta find a second wind – It’s not as high as you think it is
Don’t give up – Don’t you quit – You gotta climb if you wanna win

And I know it looks big – And I know you feel small
But just a little bit of faith can change it all

Act like you believe it – Trust like you can see it
Take you fear and say – There’s nothing in your way

On our own, this seems impossible when we are standing in the shadow of a looming mountain. Yet, Scripture tells us that “with God, nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)

Often our mountains look big. In fact, they are big. Even so, the truth is that our God Is So Much Bigger still. Instead of focusing on the size of the mountain, let us focus on the size of our God.

I do realize that some of you are dealing with some very real, difficult, and painful mountains. I, in no way, mean to undermine your circumstances. I just want to encourage you with the reminder that our God is good. He has promised us that He will be our strength and our shield. He has promised that He will never leave or forsake us. We can know that if we are His children, then we are in His capable and loving hands. If we are in His will, then He will work all things out for good.

When we remember these truths, it changes the way we see everything. Maybe, just maybe, our mountains will seem as though they are only mountains. We can praise Him for that!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though the mountains loom high above us and threaten to drown us in their shadows, you have given us the Son. Help us when we feel overwhelmed with the size of our circumstances to remember the size of our loving God. By Your power, help us to have a Godly perspective. Help us to remember that You are in control, that You are good, and that You are for us. Help us to choose to not let fear control us. Instead, help us to remember that You have “not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” In the precious name of your Son, we pray. Amen.

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You can find Jason Castro’s uplifting album Only A Mountain here.

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Leave a comment and let us know how changing the way you see your mountains changes your outlook on them. Does focusing on the size of our God change the size of your mountain?

4 Responses to Only A Mountain

  1. Arlene Page Baker

    I LOVE this song! I find the line “You gotta find a second wind “, interesting because the HOLY SPIRIT comes as a wind in Acts 2. Allowing the HOLY SPIRIT to do HIS work in us is the only way to climb that mountain. Thanks for sharing this wonderful song.

    • Heather

      Thanks for reading and for sharing your perspective. You are so right – it is only in Him that we are able to climb at all!

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