“We aren’t made to live on mountain tops” are the words I heard uttered from a friend not too long ago. When I first let these words penetrate my thought closet, I was in a place where I so desperately wanted this to not be true. I knew the feelings I had on the top of that mountain. I felt so close to God. I felt clothed with His Spirit…I felt worthy and wildly obedient.
At this point in my life, I had spent what seemed like years climbing through thick brush (my life’s storms and trials) to get there. I felt as though I had finally made it! I was earnestly seeking Him, His will for my family, and I was being obedient to what He asked of me. Even though the climb was almost unbearable at times, as I got closer to the top I felt FREE! Free to share my story, my freedom, and HIS glory! And I did! It was the most amazing feeling on top of that “mountain.”
But, “We aren’t made to live on mountain tops.” After you feel as though you have reached the top of whatever it may be you have been facing, that is where you tend to stop and look around and praise God for what He has done. You see Him so clearly and feel so close to Him. This is where He helps you regain your strength. This is where He fills us up. Then, you are ready. Ready to head back down, back to the valley.
Valleys aren’t often looked at as fun times. Your “valley” could be anything…a time of waiting, a time of sorrow, a time of sickness or pain. It wasn’t until I started back down that so-called mountain that I realized that if I would have stayed I would have been disobedient. I would have thought I had all I needed and stopped seeking Him. I would have eventually stopped following His will for my life.
This was so true at that moment in my life; I just didn’t see it at the top. I saw it as He sent me back down, even though at that time I was desperately trying so hard to hold on to something, anything to keep me up there. I didn’t start my journey down easily. But, I slowly realized I didn’t need to hold on to that time in my life to keep him with me. He was holding onto me the whole time and He wasn’t letting go.
At times He calls us to be still, but He also calls us to move forward into the unknown to do things we don’t understand at the time. “…He went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8)I had to trust and have faith He had a plan for me. He always did. “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” (Hebrews 11: 1)
It was in that slow walk down that I started to trust Him and seek Him again just like I had before in my many valleys in the past. He showed me that in these valleys, whether deep or shallow, He would shelter me. He puts us there to grow us. Sometimes even the most beautiful flowers can’t grow in direct sunlight…they also need darkness to grow mature. “He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains” (Psalms 104: 10)
So while you find yourself in a valley of life or at the top of a very high mountain you just climbed, cling to Jesus! He is making you, molding you…Let Him!! Remember it is better to walk in darkness with God than walk alone in the light. A time of trouble and darkness is meant to teach us lessons we desperately need, so don’t rush it. Pray He strengthens you today…Pray He grows you today. “Not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14: 36)
You will reach the top again in His time but don’t plan to stay there… “We aren’t meant to live on mountain tops.” We aren’t meant to stay where we feel safe and comfortable. We are called to live life courageously by faith and trust in Jesus Christ, as it says in Zechariah 4: 6,“Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord.”
A life of wild obedience is hard but nothing can compare to the feeling of knowing you are right where HE wants you. I wouldn’t trade one day of living life for Christ for a life of comfort. I pray you wouldn’t either. You are made for more…
“Therefore, since we have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with the endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)