Driving up the road on the Sunrise side of Mt. Rainier is almost overwhelming. The dramatic views, the craggy volcanic landscape, and the green forests and meadows combine to produce such beauty, it’s nearly unbelievable. A sixteen mile nicely paved road takes you over Chinook Pass and up to 6,400 feet in elevation, the highest elevation that can be driven to in Mt. Rainier National Park. Thanks to help from the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 40s, miles of trails can take you higher and further, to numerous locations within the park.
“He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals His thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth– the LORD God Almighty is His name.” Amos 4:13.
This verse is contained in a warning Amos gave the people of Israel concerning their lack of repentance. Prior to these words, he says, “Prepare to meet your God.” Then he goes on to describe God in this verse. God’s power and omniscience is described by this verse, and the referral to mountains emphasizes this.
Mountains represent the most solid and everlasting of God’s work. In other words, the One who formed the mountains is all powerful and eternal. I’ve always been mesmerized by mountains, and maybe this is why. Seeing them reminds me that I have a God who not only created these massive, majestic peaks, but He is bigger and more powerful than the highest mountain in the world.
Not only that, He can remove the mountains of difficulty in my life, those things that hinder me from living out His purpose. Most importantly, He leveled the mountains that were obstacles in my ability to reach Him, to have a relationship with Him. He made a way through His Son, Jesus Christ, and He reached out to me.