An avalanche on Mount Everest last month killed 16 Sherpa guides. Closer to home, a 28 year old man died in a climbing accident on El Capitan in Yosemite Park last year. No one can deny the danger of climbing. Only the fearless attempt it.
Likewise, the higher places of spiritual life are hazardous. The Psalmist acknowledges this when he says, “He makes my feet like those of a deer and gives me sure footing on high places” (18:33). The high places represent, spatially, closeness to God and greater spiritual sight (and insight).
The fear of spiritual heights is justified. If you fall—unlike nature’s climber, you will not be destroyed—you will be more hurt than the security-seekers on the ground! (But think of the ecstasies you would miss!) Take confidence in the “God who is able to keep you from falling and bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault” (Jude 24). Be fearless! Think about the spiritual revelations waiting for you at the summit! Think about Jesus high and lifted up.