...to keep me from getting to you, or so the song goes. As we think of those we love or the goals we set to achieve, our mindset is locked on thinking that way. No obstacle, no division of time and space, no earthly circumstance will keep us away from whatever you fill in the blanks with.
We think that way, often getting all fired up in the beginning, only then to crash and burn when we realize how hard that statement is to accomplish, and that it may take more than one person to get there. Only those rare times when we are totally dedicated to those words do we succeed, and it often comes with a lot of pain in the process. Those who are willing to endure the pain reach the gain.
Then, there is the permanent loss of a family member or loved one, and we say, nothing will ever keep me away from your memory. Definitely Ain't No Mountain High Enough that would ever get in the way of that memory because the memory is all we have.
We are fortunate that on a high mountain a long time ago, our messiah put the devil in his place, and basically told him, nothing can keep me from getting to you, speaking of the salvation for you and for me that he accomplished. I truly believe that as we read the accounts in scripture, the Lord was showing us that the ultimate gain must be preceded by the pain of getting there. As we suffer, whether it be loss, grief, heartache or defeat, he is urging us to endure until we get where we need to be.
He died on a mountain, but it didn't keep him away from us, it united us in a simple method of getting where we need to be. It is so simple, yet so hard to give up our heart and soul to him because he is a memory not here in the flesh. Yet, if someone says to us, you can go on an all expenses paid trip to eternity, no condo promotion or other technical strings attached, would we take it?
I can't answer for you but I have my ticket, and no matter what occurs in my life, no matter how difficult life seems at the present moment, there is never a mountain too high to climb to keep me from getting to Him.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.