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Mountains and Valleys
Fear thou not
for I am with thee: be not dismayed for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, yea I will
help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
When you are up on the mountain and you look out you can see the other
mountains. You may think I'd really like to be on that mountain, the view must be awesome.
So you pray God let me see the view from that mountain. Well as anyone knows if you are
going to go up another mountain, you must come down off the one you are on. You must cross
a valley to go between the two mountains. You can't skip from mountaintop to mountaintop.
So down off the mountain you come. You start through the valley and for awhile you are
doing ok. Then you start getting tired. You start wondering is there any end to this
valley. Is this valley really so long? And so you trudge onward. After awhile you forget
about the mountain you were on. You forget about the awesome view you were going to see
from the neighboring mountain. All you can think about is how long and dark this valley is
you're going through. After a while, you fail to notice the lilies that are growing by the
way. You fail to notice the beauty in the valley because you are so caught up in getting
out of the valley. You want to hurry and get back on the mountaintop where you feel
So finally you reach the foot of the mountain and you look up to see the
mountain towering over you. You being to think, it didn't look that big from over there.
You think there is no way that I can get up this mountain. Many people never do get up
that mountain they stay in the valley where the walk is easier. They don't want to put
forth the extra effort to go the extra mile fort he greater rewards. They want to stay
where it is safe. Just as you've beaten the discouragement and gotten to the end of the
valley, more discouragement comes in the face of that towering mountain. So which do you
do? Stay in the valley where its safe or press forward?
If you decide to press forward there are more obstacles in your way. They may
be jagged rocks or a crumbling path or not path just gut instinct to guide you to the top.
You stop and set small goals for yourself. I will make it to the top of this cliff before
night or to the shelter of those pines before the rain. Either way you have quit looking
at the whole as being intimidating you are walking one step at a time. You know what the
goal is (to get to the top) but you have broken it into goals you can achieve. You allow
yourself to be encouraged by what you are accomplishing. So you make it to the top and the
view is as spectacular as you thought. You rest and look around and enjoy the fruit of your
labor, then before long you start looking and saying wonder how it would be from that
mountain? You start thinking well I made it through the last valley and this one don't
look like its so long, I think I'll just run over and check out the view from that
mountain. And so the saga continues.
Have you felt down in that valley for so long? Have you felt that the
situation was hopeless? That you couldn't win for losing? I believe we all have. We have
all reached a place of being so low that we felt unworthy and unable to do anything to
help our self. We feel that no matter which way we turn we are lost and abandoned and
unworthy of being loved even by God. We feel that the Lord doesn't hear our cries when we
are down in this valley. We feel so alone. This is when Satan likes to work his hardest. If
he can get our focus turned away from what God wants us to do (going toward the mountain
to climb it) and focused on the mistakes we made (the valley we are in ), then he has
gained an advantage. He has gained a foothold in keeping us from being an effective
witness because we are so concerned with our own well being. He has gotten us into the old
poor me routine.
But God doesn't leave us, He is with us always. He is our ever present help
in a time of need. In this scripture we find that he is with us. It is a promise. He
promises us that he will strengthen us when we are weak. He promised us that he would
never leave us or forsake us. He will bring us through the valleys. We must learn to be
content whatever state we are in whether in the valley or on the mountain. There is much
beauty in the valley, there are many things to learn while there, that will help us on our
climb back up the mountains. When up on the mountaintop after awhile we forget the beauty.
We start taking it for granted. So we set off in search of more beauty. You have to
remember though if you become content to stay where it is safe, you will miss out on an
awful lot of beauty.
Have a blessed day.
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