I really like the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. It is a true toe tapper and … well … makes me want to sing along. According to Wikipedia it was written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla label, a division of Motown. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross’ first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award. We all know the refrain!
Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe.
The song is about a devotion to another that overcomes all sorts of difficulties. Got to go over a mountain? I’m on it. Got to walk through a valley? I’m on it. Got to swim a river? I’m on it. Nothing will keep me from you! Ain’t love grand!
But then there is this from the movie “Shall We Dance”. A woman describes marriage this way:
“ … in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything: the good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things—all of it, all the time, every day. You’re saying your life will not go unnoticed, because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed, because I will be your witness.”
She is basically saying that marriage must survive not only the trials and tribulations of mountains, valleys and rivers. Marriage must survive the ordinary, mundane times.
This reminds me of our relationship with God. Sure, we seek God in the mountaintop experiences. We seek God when we are in the pits. We seek God when we need to cross that river. But do we seek God in the ordinary, mundane times?
Come hear Pastor Jeff preach “Ordinary Time” this Sunday at 9:30am at John McMillan Presbyterian Church and see what that might be like. See you Sunday!