The mountain might seem impenetrable. This strong, stable force of nature standing tall against blizzards, storms and man. Those who aren’t close to the mountain don’t see how the mountain is slowly changing, they don’t see the impacts the environment, man and God have on the hard granite. But those of us who are close to it, those of us who care and see the affects this wear has on the granite, are all too aware of what this erosion does to the mountain side.
To those peering from the distance, nothing is changing, but to those of us who are right there, we can see the change happening, sometimes almost instantly!
When we truly begin to look at the hard rock foundation, we can see that water and wind erosion have slowly been eating away at the strength and resiliency of the mountain. Two inevitable aspects of life for the mountain- water and wind. But with this nature alchemy of life, we take the hard rock of the mountain and slowly break it down into rich soil that of which nurtures and facilitates growth, providing basic needs for the plants and animals that call this valley home. What one sees as erosion and destruction, the other sees as evolution and improvement.
No matter what the mountain does, how much man tries to resist this change, these two elements will continue to wear away at the hard granite until valleys, watersheds, and meadows are formed, welcoming in abundance and growth from the hard mountain rock. Over the span of time that is so large, we can not understand or appreciate; the mountain evolves from a cold, hard, mountain- into a soft, abundant valley filled with lush grass and wildlife.
It is here in these valleys, where meadows filled with deer, elk, moose, bears, wolves, and mountain lions roam. It is here, when nature is allowed to balance herself, where abundance thrives. Where life thrives independent of the ego of man and the greed of society. Through these two elements, air and water, we are molded and shaped from the hard granite mountain, into the soft mountain meadows.
Through our emotions, we break down barriers and obstructions that are keeping us from diving deeper into our purpose and our souls. The Divine interventions in our lives work to blow obstructions and limitations off of our path, or divert us into new journey’s, which lead us to the abundance and love we desire in our lives. Just as the wind and water shape the mountain, our emotions and spirits shape us. They shape us into the people we need to become. They guide us to where we need to be in our lives, and provide the ultimate reward and punishment for our actions.
No matter what emotion we feel, if it is joy, happiness, love, pain, anger, or fear- these emotions shape us and guide us. While our emotions are guiding us from within, our spirits are guiding us from the outside. Gently (or firmly) pushing us in the directions we need to go, we must only become mindful of their presence and what that symbolizes for us.
We can often feel as though we are being destroyed, shaken from the majestic and proud mountain and forced into the mediocre and lame meadow. But this is a trick of the ego. A trick to keep us from appreciating the wonder that surrounds our lives.
When we falter and feel as though we aren’t as strong as the granite mountain we desire to be, we must remember that abundance doesn’t grace the mountain herself, but graces the valleys and meadows the surround the mountain. And those meadows of our souls are created by us feeling our full ranges of emotions, and remaining mindful of the spirits that surround us.
Although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I feel no fear for you are with me.