Today many people face great obstacles in their lives. They have reached the bottom and when they look up all they see is a huge mountain. It appears to be insurmountable, nor can they find a way around it, over it, or through it. They feel stuck in their situation. It appears hopeless and they are about to give up. But, they continue to struggle day after day just to survive.

What about you? Do you face a mountain in your life? Does it seem impossible for you to make it through to the other side? Is it a lack of money due to unemployment, no housing due to an eviction.

Perhaps it’s anxiety, not knowing what will happen; fear of failure, rejection, which may to disappointment, bitterness, depression and hopelessness. You may even contemplate suicide as an option. After all, who really cares about your situation? Who can help move the mountain?

One of my favorite Gospel groups was The Old Friends Quartet, featured at Bill Gaither’s Homecoming concerts several years ago. Three of the members are now deceased. One song on their music CD gives words of encouragement and hope.
“You can move that mountain...Don’t give up, wherever there’s a will there’s a way.”

It seems so ridiculous to even suggest that anyone can move a mountain. The truth is you cannot within yourself. When you feel that you are alone in life’s struggles, remember that God is there. He is walking along with you.  He will even carry you through, giving you hope.  Any mountain can be removed as you exercise faith in God’s ability rather than your own ability.

I recall traveling through the West Virginia Mountains about forty years ago. The highway was a narrow two-lane road, which literally wound its way around the mountains. It was a slow and treacherous journey. It seemed to take forever to make our way to our destination on the other side of mountain range.

Today on most of the West Virginia Turnpike there is a beautiful four-lane highway. In many sections there are literal pathways through the mountains to make the travel much easier and quicker in getting to the destination on the other side.

How did this happen? It took one shovel of dirt at a time as the huge bulldozers literally moved the mountain and created a new road for the mountains. It took time to complete the process. It took patience to believe that they would eventually succeed and make it through to the other side.

Do you face a mountain in your life today? Does it seem impossible for you to make it through to the other side? Can you literally believe what Jesus said in the Gospels,
“If you have faith . . . you can say to this ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20-21) Can you claim by faith God’s ability to do the impossible in your life? Only then can you see and experience the beautiful life on the other side of your mountain.

The Gospel message of hope for you today is
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, NIV) Someone has said, "If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it."

Oscar Eliason, in 1945, near the end of World War II, wrote this inspiring Gospel song,

    Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?  
    Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?  
    God specializes in things thought impossible.  
    And He will do what no other power can do.

    Just keep on praying until light breaks through.  
    Just keep on praying. He will answer you.  
    God keeps His promise. His word is true.  
    Just keep on praying until light breaks through.

(Excerpts of this original article were published in the “Your Faith” page of the Newark Advocate, OH, 2003)