So many good things are happening but it is so easy to start looking at our circumstances and getting distracted from the work that God is doing in us. I went to church on Sunday with one of my cheerleaders who was getting baptized and God did what he always does when you sit down to listen (learning more and more that it is pretty key to stop what you are doing long enough to hear something).
This theme of being obedient when things are difficult is reoccurring in my life. OVER AND OVER AND OVER. Something that someone said at church struck me for the very first time and was very powerful. We love the mountaintop. We love the view. We love to be able to look out and survey everything and know where we came from. It is exhilarating. It is awe inspiring. And it is the thing we hope for all the time.
But what really struck me, more than that was that nothing grows on the top of a mountain. We cannot stay up there because we would literally starve. We would be isolated, we would be cold, and eventually we have to come down. So many times I am striving for everything to feel like a mountaintop. To be able to look out on my life and make sense of it all and put everything in its place feels really good. To have the peace of understanding my situation and feeling like my life is in place is my mountaintop. But nothing grows on a mountaintop.
We get really uncomfortable in the Valley. We can't see what is ahead of us or above us. It is difficult because we are always having to work to get up and out. Yet here is where the water flows. Here is where God's healing takes place. Here is where all of the food we need grows and we find shelter. Maybe not the most comfortable or restful place, but the place where we find sustenance and growth.
"For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For things that are seen are transient, but the things that are seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:17-18