Life is a rollercoaster of highs and lows, it’s ups and downs at every turn. As christians we will have wonderful mountaintop experiences, but we will also have moments in the valley. Whether you are experiencing a mountaintop moment or you feel like you’re in the valley, God’s love and presence remains the same. It is His promise to us that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
“For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10
Through the highs and lows of life He is always there, but I think sometimes we tend to view God’s love and sovereignty depending on our present circumstances. With that being said, I think we feel that we are closer to God on the mountaintop. Our praise is elevated and our faith is stronger than ever before, usually because we have just come out of the valley. He may have just answered a prayer that we have been praying for a while, and we can recognize His grace and mercy on us better. It is the moment when we feel God truly reveals Himself and His Sovereignty to us. God uses the highs of life to renew our strength for when we face the valleys. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could just stay there in the peace that we feel when we are fully in the presence of God? Unfortunately until we are with Jesus for eternity this mountaintop experience is temporary.
I actually think because we live in such a fallen world we spend more time in the valleys of life. This sometimes brings with it a feeling of loss, like we don’t feel God’s presence or love as strongly as before. We think that God isn’t listening or we question if he truly cares for us. The Valley can bring with it feelings of fear, grief, worry, frustration, and etc. We may tend to question God’s plan and why He would let us experience these moments and feelings. Well, believe it or not the time we spend in the valley is a treasure from God. It is a time God uses to refine us and strengthen our faith. As christians we know we can’t make it without Him. We may be down for a moment, but we remember the mountaintop and how we felt His mercy and grace. God wants to draw us closer to Him, our Great Shepherd, who leads us. We learn to lean on Him and trust Him and ultimately that is what God wants. He wants our faith and love. He wants us to surrender fully to Him while we wait for that mountaintop!!
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord