Earlier this week I shared a post I had written in 2017 regarding lessons I had learned while in the valley seasons of life. This is a similar post, again written in 2017, of lessons I have learned while on “the mountain top”. We all have ups and downs (valleys and mountains) in our lives, and I think its a good and holy thing that we learn from them.
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. These two places, the mountain and the valley, 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 people He has created us to be.
As a recap the lessons 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 actually say the very 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. Many of us are prone to “forgetting: 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. When life is going well we may not spend as much time in the Word or in prayer. We may lose our thirst for the things of God. Friend, this should not be so. Let us purpose to live every moment – mountain, valley or in between – for the glory of God.
One of the most important lessons from the mountain seasons of my life has been to stay grounded. No one is going to be on the mountain forever. 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. 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 – this is not wrong, remember God longs to bless His children. What is wrong however is seeing the mountains as the only blessings God gives. Blessings are to be had 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. 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. If someone for instance has just gotten laid off, it probably is not the best time to come to them with the news you’ve landed your dream job. 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.
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.