Going Higher When You’re Afraid of Heights

Back in the summer of 2011, I took a staycation to Catalina Island, CA. I call it a staycation because when living in California, I don’t have to go very far to get away.

It was fairly quiet and peaceful. The ocean was calm and clear, the air was warm. Sweet smelling flowers bloomed against the guardrail of the street, hills, and mountains. While walking on the empty street to get to the beach, a deer with 2 more behind approaches me in very close proximity.

Catalina Island
City of Avalon in Catalina, CA (July 2011). The mountains are to the right of this photo

The deer looks at me causing me to freeze wide-eyed in my tracks. After what seemed like a long three minute staring contest, the dear breaks gaze. Suddenly, it bolts to the foot of the mountain beside me and climbs EFFORTLESSLY on the steep slope. The other two deers follow behind.

I often think about that encounter still. While I was amazed at how close the deer was to me, I was more amazed of how it climbed up the large mountain naturally.

Effortlessly.

It has no fear of stumbling, sliding or falling.

Life is shifting where God is calling me to climb the heights of starting on my own business in web and visual design in the very near future. Yeah…WHOA!

I’m generally not afraid of heights. But these heights make me feel unstable and I haven’t even began to climb yet. I feel like when I do climb, I run the HUGE risk falling, stumbling, and sliding badly.

So, YES! I’ll admit. I’m scared but I realize this: Staying at ground level isn’t fun but climbing the mountain doesn’t look safe.

Have you ever felt like that?

You can say my feelings of deep apprehension comes from constantly thinking that I can and have to do this in my own strength. I often forget and need to remind myself that I don’t have to. Here’s something to remind us:

“The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills…” (Habakkuk 3:19)

Like the deer, God in His call for us to climb our specific mountains in life only comes through HIS STRENGTH. He’s assuring and giving us the firm support to tread the steep terrain even when we can feel the hard, painful rocks underneath our feet.

Mountain Heights
The mountain heights in Catalina Island, CA (July 2011)

God blessed the deer the with innate ability to climb. No matter the grade of our mountain, He can do the same thing for us.

I encourage to myself as I write this for you as well.

No, I can’t and won’t promise you that it will not be easy. But it will be worth seeing the view at the very top. Besides, God’s calling us higher so we can get closer and trust Him more than we ever have.

Is He calling you higher? 

GO ON…AND GO HIGHER! 

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