Have you ever been to the Rocky Mountains? The drive from the east is not all that exciting, in fact at times it feels endless. The trek across the boring brown featureless landscape that is Kansas is a sure opportunity to fight road hypnosis for hours on end. But then all of a sudden you crest a hill and there in the distance you can see the outskirts of the mountain range, and upon seeing it for the first time, it’s beauty is breathtaking.
And in an instant, the road is not so boring and the landscape not so drab. The closer you get to Denver the more beautiful it is, and it can be almost overwhelming for one who has never seen mountains like that before. But this is just the edge of the majesty to be found in the Rockies.
In Numbers 32 Moses tells us about the Israelites and how the tribes of Reuben and Gad were ready to settle for the outskirts of the promised land because they were in awe of the introduction of it’s beauty.
I wonder how many people get to the Denver area and don’t venture deeper into the mountains, I wonder how many people have missed out on the awe inspiring majestic towers of rock that defy all attempts to explain. I wonder how many people find themselves in the beautiful city of Denver and go no further.
So often we make decisions in life based only on what we can see in front of us. Career decisions are made based on the salary or the income, relationship decisions are made based on the outward appearance of the individual and not the heart or character, school choices are made based on who else is going to be there, and the list goes on and on. Sure, these things may be enticing, they may be beautiful, but they may not be bestowed, they may only be the outskirts of what God wants you to experience.
C.S. Lewis wrote in his book The Weight of Glory – “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
The tribes were willing to stop short of God’s promises and accept what was right in front of them instead of stepping into the fight and working for the blessings they knew He had for them.
When you make the decision to follow Christ and go deeper into His plan, sure there will be struggles, there will be fights, and there will be disappointments, but more than that, you will encounter incredible adventures and you will enjoy the inheritance that God has set aside for you!
I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to settle for making mud pies when the Lord wants me to discover with reckless abandon the adventure He has offered to me! Don’t settle for good enough Christianity, don’t settle for what is right in front of you. Go out, discover, seek, explore, pray, hope, trust, and give your life to the One who’s got a promised land waiting for you!