I remember a walk I took with our dog Bilbo one evening. He was eight months old and not really aware of cats. The tall grass in the field next to our home blew in the spring wind. He tried jumping above the grass to see where he was running. I spotted a cat walking on a raised country road about 300 feet away. “Bilbo, there’s a cat!” He looked in the direction I pointed and then looked at me. I tried several times but Bilbo could not see the cat. I realized he was limited by his visual perspective. He could barely see above the grass. The cat walked on unconcerned.
The Lord spoke to my heart as we continued our walk. Our Father has a higher perspective. He is able to see over the mountains that stand before us. The Lord reminded me we can tell mountains to be removed.
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:18-22
Do you spend your life worrying about cats you can’t see? Do mountains prevent you from hoping for a future? We all have mountains in our life. There are things that stand in our way and prevent us from moving forward. Our Father’s perspective is different than ours. Those same mountains look small from where he sits in heaven. If I raise my perspective to God’s perspective, mountains are no more. I need to stop looking at problems from my perspective and begin to look at them from God’s perspective. God doesn’t look at the mountain; He is able to make mountains. We need to place our trust in the one who makes mountains. We must speak with the authority of the one who makes mountains. “Mountain, be removed!” His spirit lives within us. He promised the mountain would be removed. It’s up to us to take the next step.