Acrophobia, the irrational fear of heights, is experienced by thousands of people world wide.
For me, while I do fine in the comfort of an airplane, and while I find mountain views extremely exhilarating, the climb is where I struggle. Especially where the terrain is rugged, with sharp jagged edges and narrow paths that, one slip of the ankle could send one plunging hundreds of feet to his death.
I think of rock and mountain and rock climbers as both heroes and fools. My stomach twists in knots as they attempt to scale a sheer, gradient-of-minus-one peak. My heart exhales deeply with relief as they stand triumphantly at the summit with hands held high.
Christians who struggle with acrophobia will have some problems. We are expected to be mountain climbers and mountain conquerors. We do not have the option of staying low. We are expected to walk on high places:
"Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!" [Habakkuk 3:19]
... even at times, fly at amazing heights like eagles.
"...those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;" [Isaiah 30:31]
God calls all believers to a life of exceptional faith and victory over trials. Many of us are called to ministries and missions that take us out of our comfort zones, threaten our livelihoods, and which loom large and treacherously above us.
But there's an important little key to mountain climbing that makes the journey more bearable. Those who have scaled the indomitable Mount Everest rely on Sherpas—mountain guides, to give them skills and strategies as they climb. These guides are experienced in the knowledge of navigating terrain, atmospheric conditions and weather conditions.
Listen y'all! Believers have a personal Sherpa as they ascend the heights of faith and encounter the warfare of principalities and powers. WE are assured that, Yahweh God, provides an unlimited supply strength, sustenance and resources. He will equip our feet, our bodies, our mind with divine strength and ability to conquer heights. And just in case you slip, remember this,
"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." [Deut 33:27]
He will not let you dash to pieces. Keep climbing!