That was one of my southern-bred mother’s favorite expressions, one that I admit she had to use often. I was (still am!) the queen of seeing whatever I am upset about as being much bigger in the grand scheme of things as it truly is.
Take, for example, how upset I got over the recent sale of our house. The more time that went by without a “sold” sign hanging in front of the house, the more I was sure the world would end if the house didn’t sell in my time.
In the end, God sold the house–in January, after we took it off the market… Hey, we weren’t even in the country! And God’s timing was actually far better than any I could have come up with, especially when the only house we saw that we really liked wasn’t even available until our house sold…
I truly made a “mountain” out of that “molehill”.
But from God’s view, aren’t most of our “mountains” nothing more than “molehills”?
I mean, how He must have shaken His head as He watched me worry and fret about the sale of the house. He already knew it would sell, He knew when the time would be right, and He already had all the ducks ready to put in a row, so to speak.
And I am afraid I make God shake His head in the face of most of my problems. Even cancer. How I fretted about having cancer. Yet He knew well in advance that I would have it, that I would recover from it, that I would go on to live many more healthy years.
The truth of the matter is, what we see as the “mountain” of problems in front of us are nothing more than mere “molehills” to Him, piles of dirt that He will squish with His Heavenly “foot” when the time is right.
The Bible says,“I lift up my eyes to the hills…” (Ps. 121:1 ESV)
Why should we do that? Because when we look to the “top” of our “mountains”, that is where we see God, towering over them, ready to squash them in His time.
We sang a beautiful song in church on Sunday: “Be lifted up, be lifted higher!” It made me think: When I insist on worrying about the “mountains” of problems facing me, I am not allowing God to be God. When He is lifted up in my life, higher than the problems, then is when I begin to see how tiny my problems are in the face of an almighty God.
Yes, I tend to make mountains out of molehills…
But God makes molehills out of our mountains!
What “mountain” will you lift up to Him today? When you do, be prepared to see it from His perspective, a tiny molehill that He will squash at the right time. But in addition, also be prepared for the exciting ride with God from this moment forward until the day that molehill is squashed for good!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.