A few weeks ago here on the blog I wrote about lessons I had learned in the valley. When thinking of what to write for this weeks post, the idea came to me that there are also lessons to be learned on the mountain top and its perhaps just as vital to share those. I would hazard to guess that while indeed we are a very blessed people, most of us do not build our home and camp out on the mountains of our life. We live our everyday moments on fertile soil between the mountains and valleys and this place too of course has lessons we learn, but for this mini two-post series I am only going to focus on the mountains and valleys of our life.
The mountain is where we all want to live. While no one readily signs up for time spent in the valley, people clamor for more time on the mountain. It is where we feel whole and believe that everything in our life is right. While in the valley small bumps seem to become potholes, in the mountain seasons of our lives they are merely small pebbles. These two places form the stark contrasts of our lives – one up, the other down, one easy, the other hard, one where we desire to be the other we do our best to avoid. But reader, both of them teach us invaluable lessons and God uses both of them to form us into the person He created us to be.
As a recap the gems we picked up in the valley were: that God is Holy and All Knowing, there is still joy to be found, God is not finished with any of us and that through these times God gives us a love for Him we would not otherwise have known. We can say the same about time spent on the mountain; God is Holy and All Knowing and there is joy to be found no matter where He currently has us in this life (because we are truly always in the palm of His hand and what better place to be?). The mountain is not the end-all be-all of life. We will eventually trek back down (God continues to work on us) and it is through all of these experiences in our lives that our love for God is grown. God is truly the God of the hills and valleys.
Before we dive into the lessons I have learned, I wanted to share an observation I have made. People are all different and so this isn’t going to be the case for everyone. However, many are prone to forget God in the good times of life. As if we had something to do with making the good happen, we don’t cling to God as we would in a valley. This should not be so. Let us purpose to live every moment – mountain, valley or in between – for the glory of God, never forsaking Him.
I have learned a lot in the mountainous times of my life. One of the most important lessons is to stay grounded. We are (most likely) not going to be on the mountain to stay. It is important to keep a view of the ground below. This isn’t to sound pessimistic; please rejoice mightily in Gods blessings! He wants to bless us. Zephaniah 3:17 tells us “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing”. God wants good for us. But I believe He also wants us to be grounded and practical about our mountain top experiences, so that when He changes the terrain in our lives we are still steadfast followers of Him. Praise God for the mountain tops in your life, for sure! But don’t become so blinded by the mountain you forget the fertile soil below.
I have learned to pray differently because of the mountains in my life. Everyone prays for blessings to come to them – that is not wrong. What is wrong is seeing the mountains as the only blessings God gives. He blesses us in the everyday mundane moments of our lives as well as in the valleys. Blessings are hidden all along our life path, not only on the peaks. Count your blessings! There are beautiful surroundings on the mountain and just as beautiful in the valley. Be open to what God wants to accomplish through you and how He chooses to grow you. Remember, you are His creation and the clay in His hands. Isaiah 64:8 “But not oh Lord, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou art our potter and we all are the work of they hand”.
I have learned to share what God is doing in my life. Truly this is a lesson that could fall under both the valley and the mountain. I feel that often times this is the only time we share Gods work with others; when we like what He is doing and we are happy. Not everyone journeys to the mountain at the same time, so while these moments in our life can encourage others, let us remember to be careful how we share them. Do so in love. And please, also take time to share what God is doing in your life through the valleys. Fellowship and the ability to learn and grow with and from others is such an important aspect of our Christian walk.
Well readers, I hope that through these two posts you were able to understand that God really is Holy and all Knowing. His timing is perfect and He so intimately cares for each one of us. He had our life journey planned out before He hung the stars in place. Bloom where you are planted – rejoice in the moment and truly live abundantly there because its only then that we are able to find all the gems God so richly blesses us with.
Your Fellow Traveler,