There was an old story of a mountain climber who had as his life’s ambition to scale the Matterhorn. When he had saved enough, he made the trip to the great mountain and he hired the best guide available. He started out on his trip to the summit and the guide literally picked him up and pulled him all the way to the top of the mountain, but he finally got there. When he got to the top of the mountain, the winds were fierce but the sight was so breathtaking. So the mountain climber started to rise up from his knees to his full stature so could enjoy the beauty of the mountain he had just climbed. As he started to stand up, the wise guide yanked him down and screamed loudly in his ear, “Young man, get back on your knees or the winds will blow you off the top of this mountain.” The winds of the stress of problems and pain are always threatening to blow us off the mountain and overwhelm us. One of the best things you can do at that moment is to stay on your knees. Make quiet moments alone to keep the Lord ever before you. Verse 8 of Psalm 16 says, “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” When the winds are blowing hard and threatening your life, remember, stay on your knees and keep the Lord before you and you will not be shaken.
– Dr. Tim Thompson