Do you know the difference between hills and mountains?  Let me keep you in suspense for a minute.

I had an amazing client yesterday who said exactly what I needed to hear. 

We don’t know each other very well so I’m not even sure why she asked but she said, “How’s your anxiety been with everything?” 

As little as we know about each other, I trust her so I shared how my depression battle has been raging lately and the details where I struggle. 

Afterwards, she told me about her own struggle with depression and anxiety, of which I had no idea about.  She listens to podcasts a lot and shared a sentence she had heard once.

If it’s big enough to worry about,
it’s big enough to pray about.

If it’s big enough to worry about,

it’s big enough to pray about.

She proceeded to tell me how, in the days leading to back to school, her 6 year-old daughter’s feet were getting blisters from her new back-to-school shoes. 

This was totally worrying her and after hearing that podcast she decided to pray for her daughter’s feet, even though that felt ridiculous.  

This hit me. Made me think of hills and mountains.  But let’s keep the suspense.

I told her that I could easily have said, “That is such a stupid worry!  In a few weeks, her feet will be used to the shoes and you won’t even give it a second thought!”

But it dawned on me…who am to say what is a valid worry or not? I’ve sure had my fair share of ‘dumb worries’.

I’ve struggled sleeping the night before a long run because I’m worried I won’t hit my pace goal.  FYI, I’m not going to the Olympics.  I’m not even going to win in a local race. 

I’m just hoping to not be in the very back but a completely unimportant run keeps me up at night.

I work from home as a massage therapist but when I have 5 clients in a row, I literally worry about getting too hungry and not feeling good. 

My kitchen is 15 feet from my massage room.  It is VERY easy to go grab a banana but I choose to worry about this minor detail instead.

These are just two examples of my own worries where ANYBODY could say “What??? That is such a stupid worry!” We all have them.  No one is alone in this.

In a moment of randomness yesterday, I googled the difference between hills and mountains and was shocked at the lack of clarity.  Let me show you a few examples:

hills and mountains

“There is no universally accepted definition

of a mountain” – Wikipedia

“They usually have steep, sloping sides and sharp or rounded ridges,

and a high point called a peak or summit. 

Most geologists classify a mountain as a landform that rises at least 1000 feet or more above its surrounding area.” 

– National Geographic

hills and mountains
hills and mountains


“A natural elevation of the earth’s surface rising more or less abruptly to a summit, and attaining an altitude greater than that of a hill, usually greater than 2000 feet”


“Hills are easier to climb than mountains.  They are less steep and not as high.  But, like a mountain, a hill will usually have an obvious summit, which is its highest point.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is no official difference between hills and mountains.”
-National Geographic
hills and mountains

I found this really interesting.  There is no real size that determines hills and mountains.  All we know is that there are official and clear ups-and-downs for both – hills and mountains.

In some ways we can rest in that thought and then take whatever to the feet of God.  A 10 out of 10 is a relative term so who are we to downgrade someone’s pain and prayer request? 

I think of my eldest daughter who just suffered a breakup.  As a grown adult I could look at her and tell her to shake it off because she is only 15 and she only dated him for a couple of months. 

On the other hand, she is only 15 and therefore this breakup is a 10 out of 10 for her. Hills and mountains are not definable.

When I was going through my terrible divorce, I was sometimes reminded about how others had it worse than me…some were having their spouse die or were physically being abused in their marriages. 

This was meant to put my pain in perspective but you know what?  In my world, I was in a 10 out of 10 pain situation.  

I don’t know if you struggle like me, but sometimes I feel guilty or stupid bringing certain prayer requests to God because I feel like God would say, “That is such a stupid worry!”

I feel like He would rate my request a 4 out of 10 and put me at the back of the line. 

Thank goodness He doesn’t operate that way.  A hill is a hill and a mountain is a mountain if there is an up-and-down component to it.

He doesn’t measure how high the summit is or how difficult it is to climb. 
Hills and mountains.
He knows there is an up-and-down and a hurting heart
and that’s all He needs to
have compassion and to turn His ear
to our EVERY cry.

And you know, hills and mountains are both beautiful in their own way…whether they be rolling or majestic. 

What is the terrain like in your life right now?  Are you on an up or a down?  Does it feel like a hill or more like a mountain?  Do you think it isn’t important enough to bring it to God’s feet? 

If it has an up-and-down, it is worthy of his attention.  It is worthy of his presence.  It is worthy of His compassion.

Let’s bring them to Him today…even if we laugh at how stupid or small they feel.  He’s capable of both  hills and mountains.

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