The View From Sinkut Mountain
“But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!””
(Nehemiah 2:17, NLT)
Richard and Ron took me up Sinkut Mountain over the weekend. It was an afternoon of great people, great riding (as we took motorcycles), and a fantastic view!
When looking up at Sinkut Mountain, it does not look that big … but once you are up there, the view is marvelous. You can see further than you would ever have guessed. Richard could tell us what each lake and mountain was called, helping us grasp where and how high we were.
It ties into the study of Nehemiah I am doing this week in my coursework (looking at the leadership gifts and practices of Nehemiah). The above verse came to mind; Nehemiah went out and surveyed the work that needed to be done; before he set to work, he analyzed the details of their situation.
Sometimes it is helpful to climb the peak of our lives where we are outside the immediate pressures of life and can take that survey look at our lives / to step back and evaluate all we have, do, and say about ourselves.
As we get back into the Fall routine this week, let’s keep space in our lives to make sure we are keeping “the main thing the main thing”. Let’s regularly evaluate all that fills our calendars and make sure we are about the Lord’s work in our church, family, and life.