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Monday, May 7, 2007

Mountaintop Experiences

Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:18 (The Message)

Mountaintop experiences....ever had any? Oh, how glorious, exciting and joyful they are! They are the highest high. Wouldn't it be great to live on the mountaintop? Nope! It's the valleys, the lowest lows, where our characters are formed and we become more Christlike. It's when we think we can't make it one more step, when the burdens we are carrying feel like they are going to crush us, when we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, these are the times we truly "become". When we are at our weakest and we reach out our hand or just cry out in pain, God meets us there and He takes over. He becomes our strength, our burden lifter, the One who carries us, and our light amidst the darkness. Even though valleys are painful, the journey thru them is imperative to strenthen our feeble faith and build our characters to be like Christ.

I have felt, at times, that I'm living in the valleys! But, oh, those days when I finally reach the pinnacle, the mountaintop.....the view is breathtaking and I can feel new life and strength seeping into my body and soul. I am then equipped to continue this journey of life with new skills, deeper faith, and a firmer foundation to stand on.