Someone once wrote,” He is on the mountain. Remember whose words these are but I found them helpful. “Things don’t grow on the mountain top anyway, they grow in the valley…..”
That has been true of my journey too. I have learned that it is important to sprout and grow in the valley, so you can reach the mountain top.
Oh how lovely the words of the old song,- The God on the mountain, is still God in the valley, the God of the day, is still God in the night. In my journey, I have never had to convince anyone that joy is good, but sorrow is a tougher sell. Sometimes we Christians describe a life following Jesus as something straight out of the pages of a pretty magazine. No! It’s not an easy road. Sometimes, yes it is hallelujah, but many times it is praise the Lord. But as Andrea Crouch sung, “through it all, I have learned to trust in Jesus, and I thank God for the mountains and I thank Him for the valleys for if I never had a problem, I would never have known that God could solve them and I would never know what faith in God can do”.
My hallelujahs came during the mountain top experiences and I have had many. We all need those mountain top experiences. Peter, James and John all needed encouragement for the days ahead. Moses had his mountain top experiences. He needed direction for what God called Him to do. Moses didn’t even know how to refer to God. He needed encouragement to face Pharaoh. But as much as we would like to we can’t live on the mountain tops forever. We experience these wonderful mountain tops to prepare us for our valleys.
A Valley is a place of Trial. It the place that our faith is put to the test.(1Peter 1:6-7). Friend, the valley is hard ( Psalm 84:5-6). It is “baca” – a place of weeping. But the goodness is that weeping may endure for a night, but Joy Comes in the morning. (ps 30:5). The fact is that it is in the valley that things grow. It is in the valley of life that we grow as Christians. While we are in the valley it is an effort, a struggle, and a tough experience.
But one day after a season of circumstances and growing pains, it will seem to occur all of a sudden, and unexpectedly when we suddenly have a day when we realize “oh wow today was easy and I am not moaning and groaning anymore”
It will be at this moment that we will be able to pause and look around and see that finally, we have reached the top of the mountain, and life is indeed good and God is indeed faithful. At this time we will have yet another testimony to draw from when we are faced with a new giant in our life.
So our valley experiences are not a case of God turning away from us, but an opportunity for us to draw from our past victories and march through the valley up onto the mountain top, standing on the assurance that God is faithful, loving, steadfast, and dependable! Realizing that he didn’t throw in the towel and forget about us as we once may have assumed, but instead he was there every step of the way getting us to the top because he is indeed a good God!!
God is gracious to us at the sound of our weeping. He uses adversity and affliction to draw us to himself and to reveal himself to us in ways we have not seen before. God’s comforting presence is an extravagant reward, one that we can undervalue … until we are in the heat of a battle.
So let me encourage you, what ever you are facing, what ever your issues, God is still in the deliverance business. He will deliver you out of your circumstances! You just have to face your Goliath and remind him that God has already delivered you from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear and that HE will deliver you from every giant you face!!
Don’t wish away the valley just sprout, grow and become the strong person God has destined for you to become successful.