Over the past ten days, Senior Pastor Nina and I have had the time of our lives skiing at Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, USA. We love the mountains. Its majestic presence both inspires and intimidates us. Looking at it, we begin to understand how the psalmist felt in Psalm 121:1, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from?”
A mountain can be really intimidating. To climb or ski on its slopes is nothing but a concession of nature. We can never conquer a mountain, no matter how fit or skilful or experienced one may be. A strong wind or sudden blizzard can shut things down completely and threaten one’s survival, and an avalanche can snuff out lives. Our past encounters have taught us the importance of respecting the mountain. We have to learn its ways and read the signs of impending danger. Yet amidst it all, the thrill of scaling its cliffs or skiing its slopes can be an exhilarating adventure. And this is exactly what draws Senior Pastor Nina and I back to the mountains year after year to ski, and contemplate and experience its greatness.
This is why the psalmist exclaimed, “where does my help come from?” The majesty of the mountain draws us to the magnificence of our creator. As we become intensely aware of our puniness, we are drawn earnestly to the Great Divine. We cry out with the psalmist, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
We encountered the Almighty God on the slopes. We recommitted our hearts to Him. We put our complete trust in the Lord! Senior Pastor Nina and I will return refreshed in our spirit and ready to serve Him. We look forward to seeing our spiritual family soon!
- Senior Pastor Lawrence Khong