A few weeks ago, you may have heard the news that two climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson, did what many people thought was impossible…to free climb the 3000-foot high Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s famous El Capitan Mountain. This climb was not by way of someone lowering a rope and them making the ascent, though that climb would be an incredible and difficult venture. No, these two ‘free climbed’ using only their hands and feet (check out this video from an online article from the Huffington Post). A truly amazing adventure!
One of the many things that struck me as I learned of their climb was not just the willpower, determination, physical ability and agility, and sheer grit it took to make this climb. No one thing stood out over the thrill of seeing these guys accomplishing something great, over the questions like; how did they sleep, eat, go to the bathroom?!? Even over the great way they encouraged each other as they both felt like giving up multiple times. No, this one thing that caught my attention, you see it in every photo of them on the mountain (even in the video-link I mentioned above). Did you notice it?
What this one thing I noticed was the constant rope they were connected to. A life line “just in case, “and it was needed on more than a few occasions. It was that rope that tethered them to safety. It was mooring they counted on if they lost their footing. This rope provided security, safety, and I’m sure confidence, encouragement, reassurance, hope and relief.
In thinking of this I am reminded of God’s connection to us, the life-line He has provided for us saying He will be with us, even when we face our own difficult, impossible walls.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
Like God challenged a few leaders as they were facing some impossible circumstances, He says to us…
Haggai 2:4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the LORD. Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts,
We are not to freak out, but gather our strength, tug on the rope a bit for assurance and press on
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
We are not abandoned, not forsaken, not deserted, not discarded, not neglected, not left out left behind , not ditched or dumped or thrown out…we are CONNECTED! A connection that nothing can break
Romans 8:38-39 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So climb on!! You can keep going, you can ascend this seemingly impossible wall… for the God of the universe is with you! Tug on that rope by remembering how much He loves you and the promises that He is with you. Sure there will be a few ‘falls’ but you are still attached. Trust in that connection and keep moving. He will even guide you (Proverbs 3:5-7, Matthew 6:33-34, Matthew 11:28).
Climbing those ‘impossible’ mountains with you as we are connected to God,
PS One of the keys to acquiring and trusting in this connection with God is faith. This Sunday we will be talking about this faith in our generous Lord. We would love for you to either join us at one of our campuses or listen in online, just check out our web page for information www.cypresschurch.net