|Mountain in Breckenridge, CO|
Many sometimes complain how hard it was to "climb" their mountain. Another song, sung by a dear Christian family, says, "Life is easy when you're up on the mountain. And you've got peace of mind like you've never known...You talk of faith when you're up on the mountain" Many people associate the top of the mountain with victory.
Knowing that you have climbed a mountain is quite an accomplishment. I have a few friends who have climbed to the top of Pikes Peak and when they made it to the top, have found out that there's not much oxygen up there... but oh the feeling and joy, knowing that they made it to the top.
But don't forget... everybody has to come back down the mountain at some point. And coming back down the mountain is no easy feat either. Steep downgrades and sharp curves, trying to slow down to keep from falling or getting in an accident are just a few of the obstacles in coming back down. Fear, is another obstacle to overcome. I have major vertigo and am very much afraid of heights. My depth perception is off so when I look down, the distance looks a lot higher to me. Even stepping off a stair is quite often difficult.
Victory comes not just from making to the top of a mountain. Victory comes from making it back down to the valley. The climb up the mountain took a lot of energy, but the victory hasn't been won yet. Take your time going down the mountain, don't speed, downshift as necessary and enjoy the scenery. The valley is waiting just ahead, the sun will be shining, visibility has returned...see the fruits of your labor. Victory at last.