Deeper Insight - Summit Fever / Tunnel Vision
Conditions were poor for a summit bid on Split Mountain that day, but we decided to continue anyway. I of course (and I am sure Mike and Sean also) wanted to make it off the summit plateau before sunset, but felt very confident that if necessary, we could spend the night out without any mishap.
Isn't that the way it is spiritually at times. Too often we invest time and energy into some area of our life that is either outside of God's will, or not within His timing. We end up pushing ahead anyway, and end up paying a steep price for our efforts.
When a mountain climber gets summit fever tunnel vision sets in, and danger signs go unheeded. "Summit Fever" had definitely clouded my decision making ability that day, and if this were not bad enough, I encouraged my son Sean to join in against his better judgment.
I had become so driven, that even after making the summit, I failed to make early use of the instruments that Sean was carrying. (GPS and Altitude Watch) So often, we get single minded when it comes to our own agenda, and try to get others to join in our folly. We fail to check God's Word, the ultimate instrument for guidance, and end up paying a big price. When we get into this pattern, we need to stop and take time out to check the guide book. Only in this way, will we be able to determine what we should do. His Word will tell us if we should go on, or turn around (repent). If we fail to do this, unwelcome consequences will certainly come our way.
Galatians 6:7 "God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap."
If we ignore clear warning signs of impending danger, we can only look to ourselves for blame when things do not turn out well. And sometimes.....we just need to wait. We should have turned back, and waited for better conditions. Tom, who did not make it to the top that day, returned later on and easily made the summit under dry conditions.
Isaiah 40:31 tells us that: "they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
We need to remember this verse, when we are tempted to go forward when God tells us to wait. God's timing is always best.
Finally, if we are to become fixated on anything, or be driven to the point of summit fever, let us make sure we are on the right mountain. The base of that mountain is called Calvary. That is where Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins. We cannot even get on the lower slopes apart from His finished work on the cross. From there, we need to start up the slopes. It's a lifetime journey, but summit fever on this mountain is a good thing, because it leads to a day when we shall be with the Lord forever.
So in the meantime, as we work our way up the slopes, let us be of the same mindset as the Apostle Paul:
Philippians 3:12 "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."
Press on fellow traveler, the summit is just coming into view,