THE MOUNTAIN GOAT

Ever wish you were a mountain goat when you’re stumbling around and can’t seem to get your footing, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually? Thanks to God, we can be as sure-footed as that animal.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

The Mountain Goat

While traveling by bus up the Denali mountain in Alaska, my family and I saw many mountain goats. I never tired of watching them scale up and down the dizzy heights with such ease. I never saw one fall, probably because of their concave toes which are like suction cups that cling to the rocks and slippery shale. Their only hesitation, I noticed, came from their quick but careful study of the terrain before each jump.

During my younger years, I found it hard to “look before you leap” in many of my pursuits. Perhaps you too have impulsively jumped too high or too long into something you should have been avoiding. Misplaced steps can get us into trouble in mere seconds.

One way we can have confidence of being sure-footed is through the power and leading of God’s Spirit. Because He lives in those of us who have accepted Him as Savior and Lord, we can trust Him with confidence. His Word will keep us from making wrong decisions, whether because of our thoughts, our words or our actions.

Careful study and meditation of His Word will keep us sure-footed, ready to leap from one God-led task to another without a misstep. “He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.” (Psalm 18:33) King David also wrote, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.” (verses 1-2)  He adds these words to his hymn: “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (verse 46)

While watching the mountain goats traverse the mountain with ease, so exuberant in their jumping, so happy to let us watch them, I thought of David’s words. And I wonder if I am as carefree and joyous in my worship as the Lord wants, or if I hold back out of embarrassment or a sense of unworthiness. Like David and like the mountain goats, we need to get excited about the Lord’s presence and gifts.

Lord, thank You for showing us, through nature, that You will guide our steps as You do those of the mountain goat. Through Your love, compel us to be joyous in our worship and in our service to You. In Jesus’ name, amen.