Mountaintops and Valleys

Have you ever looked at a situation in your life and wondered “Why is this happening?” or “What is going to come of this?”  I know I have in the past and am right now.  As some of you are reading this, it may feel like it is hitting home with you too.

I was talking to someone this morning who reminded me that life is really just a series of seasons in our lives – some are mountains and some are valleys – and we travel through those experiences learning from each one.  Some things are difficult and others are easier, but God uses them all for his purpose in our lives – to make us more and more like Him; to build our character; to help us learn to persevere; to show us that even in the difficult times we are loved more than we can imagine and NOTHING will ever separate us from that truth.

At least these are some of the things that He is teaching me right now.  Even in the most difficult circumstances, I am never alone.  God is always with me finding ways to show me that He is there and He loves me – but in order to see it, I have to choose to see Him and not my circumstances.  Sometimes, I have to keep saying it over and over to myself to be able to remember to trust Him.  Our problems can look so big sometimes that it is difficult to see through them or around them.


Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Philippians 4:6-7


In those times in life when things are the most difficult and we cannot see how everything will work out, because let’s face it, life is messy – God is already on the scene with the answer.

Please don’t think I’m being trite.  I can only share from a place of personal experience.  God has given me a peace this week that I haven’t felt in months.  I have slept better this week than I have in a long time.  He has surrounded me with people who have –

reminded me who I am;

reminded me to stop listening to the lies and listen to the truth;

reminded me of my purpose;

and supported me when I have been at the end of my rope.

 

Even in the valleys, He is showing me how very much I am loved and I am grateful.


** The image above was one I took while in Indonesia – flying into Wamena from Sentani.  I have always loved that picture.  When I think of Mountains, I always think of the time I was blessed to spend in such a beautiful place.