Should I Stay On The Path?
"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement." Augustine quote
Parking the mini coop in the usual spot, I hopped out and started up the hill. The brisk morning breeze urged me out of my sluggish pace and into a trot. Clouds gathered overhead promising rain within the hour. I welcomed the idea of getting rained on so my drenched self would be in tune with my mood - blah.
My running shoes felt as heavy as cement boots; coming to the fork in the road I stopped in my tracks. I had to choose a route. I could head home defeated or choose another path which meant three hills and valleys before reaching my car again. Those hills were challenging on a good day, how could I endure them on a crappy day? I sucked it up, chose the difficult trail and proceeded. It's crazy to say that the valley was kind that morning, allowing me to catch my breath and regroup. (I confess, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g inside me wanted to quit).
The mountain is a place of victory for us, a time of celebration, relaxing in His presence. Y'all know I love a good party (fellowship) but if I’m not careful I’ll want to hangout on the pinnacle, partying my brains out, not wanting to remember that for every mountain there will be a valley.
Why are we afraid of "the valley?" Maybe it’s fear of the unknown that freaks us out. It could be a dreaded season in our spiritual journey because we just might have to face inadequate feelings, emotions and unbelief. Therefore, we must cling to Him in a way that we don't on the mountain. God uses these difficult places in our lives to cultivate maturity. It’s here that we lean in and depend on Him with a confidence that is discovered in the place called "valley." By His Grace we'll grasp celebration and make it a place of Praise, Worship and Presence.
My speed increase as I came into the clearing because I knew there was a 32 ounce jug of H2o waiting to refresh and replenish me. Similar to what the Word of God does to our soul, water in a thirsty and dry land, He restores.
Friend, celebrate on the mountain. When the valley is deep and frightening hold onto His Word and trust His promises.
“You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again, and lift me up from the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 71:20 NLT)