The title of my first book is Turning Mountains into Molehills. I also used this phrase as the name for my blog site. I think most of us are more familiar with the term “making a mountain out of a molehill.” So this take on the common saying left some people wondering about the meaning behind the title.
The Story of Turning Mountains into Molehills
On one of our early mission trips, we formed a team of almost twenty people to travel to Russia to work with children and share the gospel. With such a large group, we needed to raise a lot of money. At times, this task felt impossible. We prayed, but doubts still crept in. Even our pastor scoffed and asked us what would happen if we could not raise enough funds. Then, one glorious day we secured all the money needed, and we purchased the tickets. My husband, Bill, commented that God was turning our mountains into molehills when we trusted Him. The saying stuck with me.
“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”Mark 11:23
My book is a memoir of how God was turning mountains into molehills during our many years of mission work. And, as I look back over my life, I see all the times God worked to level out the tough spots in my life. What about you? Can you think of times that God has made the impossible possible?
“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”~Barry Finlay
Around or Over the Mountain
In another post recently, I talked about our hike to the highest point in Oklahoma, and it gave me another perspective on how God helps us conquer our mountains. You can read more about it here. The six-hour trail tested me more than I expected. As I think about that day, I realize that when we trust God with the task, we need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. When I finished, I saw how God allowed me to overcome the obstacle in front of me once again. The view from the top also refreshed my soul for the remainder of the trip.
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”~Anonymous
Trust the Route to God
God can move mountains out of our way, or He can reduce them to molehills so we can pass over them easily. The key is to trust Him with the mountain when it appears on our horizon. The Apostle James reminds us in James 1:6, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” Our Heavenly Father knows the best route for us.Turning Mountains into Molehills – God can move mountains out of our way, or He can reduce them to molehills so we can pass over them easily. The key is to trust Him with the mountain when it appears on our horizon. Click To Tweet
Mountains provide me with a powerful reminder of God. We find many references to them in the Bible also. Those words from our ancestors encourage us on our journey. Psalm 121:1-2 is another favorite of mine; “1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Praise God for turning mountains into molehills or enjoy the view from the top when He takes you over the mountain.
“Memories made in the mountains stay in our hearts forever.”~John Muir.
Dearest Jesus. Thank you for all the times You were turning mountains into molehills. And thank you for the times You did not. Help me to appreciate the route You chose for me to walk. I want to praise You for the views and the miracles of each scenario. I love You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Grace and Peace to you,
Yvonne M. Morgan is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
23 thoughts on “Turning Mountains into Molehills”
Yvonne, I’ve always liked your tagline: Turning mountains into molehills. When we trust God to accomplish those “bigger than us” things, it is amazing how He both makes that huge hill a small heap and how He reminds us how He loves us. 🙂
I loved reading the behind-the-scenes of this!
Thanks Jeanne. I am not sure why I had not written about it before now. I have seen God turn so many of my mountains into small hills. I am sure we all have too. Grace and peace to you.
Love the name of your Book and Blog. I also love your writing!
Thank you so much Craig. I appreciate you. Grace and peace to you
Like Jeanne, I’ve always liked your twist on a common adage, but I never knew its backstory. I love the reminder that mountains are to God what molehills are to us!
Thanks Ava. With God, nothing is impossible because He can change or move our mountains. Thank you Jesus. Grace and peace to you.
I’ve always loved your book and blog title. When we leave our hard times up to God we often realize they are not so insurmountable after all. I love the way you put it, saying how God has leveled out the tough spots in your life. 🙂
Thanks so much Shawn. I appreciate your words of encouragement. Grace and peace to you
What a beautiful post, Yvonne! Every time you write about your missionary efforts, I am struck again by how the Lord has helped you to overcome those obstacles. He turns those mountains into molehills.
I was a self-driven workaholic, and so the Lord allowed an enormous obstacle to knock me flat. I was sick for four years without us knowing what I had or why I was so sick. Once we learned that this was several autoimmune diseases, a chronic illness passed on genetically, I knew I had an enormous mountain in my life. However, when I was diagnosed the Lord made it clear to me that my sickness and my work were all wrapped up together and that the illness was something he had allowed for my good and for the good of my work.
And so, I have had to learn how to work and to be sick at the same time. Over and over God flattened the mountain and allowed me to produce yet another book that he had inspired me to write. Each week, since 2011, I have turned out a blogpost — another mountain turned into a molehill. God is good! And I am so grateful for his work in my life.This is all him!
Amen! You too have an incredible testimony that gives hope to many. He has blessed my life more than I could ever had imagined. We serve an awesome God. Grace and peace to you.
I’m glad we are not alone in facing those mountains. God is with us and knowing that fact truly brings me hope and comfort.
Me too Melissa. God is with us every step of our journey. Thanks for visiting. Grace and peace to you
The mountains are always blessings. When we look back over our climbs, the view is beautiful!
Amen. It is a beautiful view and such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment too. Thanks Nancy. Grace and peace to you
I love this thought… that we can turn mountains into molehills. So many times we get overwhelmed by the big stuff, but focusing on the first step, the small picture, can help. We can truly do all things through the Lord Jesus Christ who gives us strength.
I love Philippians 4:13. It offers us so much encouragement and promise. And it all begins as we trust and put one foot in front of the other. Grace and peace to you
Yvonne, I’ve never heard the story behind your book and blog title/theme. Your mission work is so honorable and honors God. I love two thoughts here: “And, as I look back over my life, I see all the times God worked to level out the tough spots in my life.” And, “The key is to trust Him with the mountain when it appears on our horizon.”
When we trust Him with our mountains He will do amazing things in our lives. Thanks Karen, grace and peace to you.
Wonderful stories of how God brought you through tough situations teaching and reinforcing your faith and trust in Him.
Thanks so much Janice. God can help all of us in the same way. Grace and peace to you
Hi Yvonne, this sounds wonderful. I did wonder about the title. As a BRRC reviewer I would love to review your book. moma3homeschool(AT)gmail(DOT)com🤗
I would love to connect with you about a review. I will email you.
Thanks! I just sent you my address🤗