Have you ever hit a "bump in the road" that ended up being more like a mountain? These "mountains" can be anything from a relationship problem with a person, trials, difficult situations---it can be anything that we would really not like to deal with. It is just human nature to want smooth sailing in our lives. When we come to these hard times, many times our first thoughts are "Oh, God, why me?" What did I ever do to deserve this? If you will just get me out of this, I promise I will do this and that!!" Haven't we all bargained with the Father at times? Then we begin to pray and ask Him to remove the mountain or change it. Oftentimes this is a person that we are asking God to change or to remove from our lives. We look at scripture and see where it says if we have faith as the grain of a mustard seed, we can say to the mountain to be removed and cast into the sea and it shall be done--so we begin to say to the moutain to be removed---but sometimes, it will not budge!! Then we begin to think that surely this cannot be from the Lord---it has to be an attack of the enemy (the old devil!!) so we then begin to rebuke and command him to leave---yet sometimes, the mountain is still there!! We do everything humanly possible to get the mountain gone---but it will not move!! Sometimes, we become consumed by this moutain--it is all we think about--how we can be rid of it, go around it, be ejected out of the situation, get away from the person or problem!! FINALLY, when we get to the end of "self" and all our human efforts have failed to change or move the mountain, THEN we look up--up to the Creator of the universe--the Holy One of Israel--our very present help in time of trouble--the great "I AM"--our constant companion--our covenant partner--and call out from our innermost being--"Lord, help me!! Father God, how are "we" going to get over this mountain to the other side? I have found that every time I pray and ask the Lord to change a person or remove them, that it never happens---but rather I have found that it is the attitude of my heart towards this person that the Lord is after---it is my heart that needs changing. I have found out that over and over when I pray and ask Him what are "we" going to do about a certain mountain looming in front of me, that I hear the still, small voice of His Spirit speaking to my heart over and over--"We" are going to trust in the Lord with all our heart---"we" are going to cross over the mountain--no matter how arduous a journey it is---He is going to see me through--every dark valley---over every hard mountain--through every difficult situation--whether it is a person or not. My journey will not look anything like your journey---it is an individual, one on one, personal relationship with the Father---we cannot compare our path with anyone else's. He leads and guides us individually. Beloved, are you facing a "mountain" in your life today? Have you tried everything to get the mountain to go away and yet it will not budge!! Could it be there for a purpose? Is there something in us that needs changing? How do we get over the mountain? I think the song "Amazing Grace" says it all---"Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come. It is GRACE that brought me safe thus far, and GRACE will lead me home." The prayer of my heart for you and me today is that we will all hear what the Apostle Paul heard from above--whispered to our hearts and reminding us over and over--"My grace IS sufficient." Hallelujah!!!