Mountain Valleys

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Mountain Valleys – We talk a lot about being on a mountaintop spiritually. Or the opposite – in a spiritual valley. It is easy to think of examples of both of those feelings. I wonder if we miss some great opportunities when we miss the mountains within the valleys? Most of life is not lived on the top of great mountains or despairing valleys, though we all experience them both. But what if they were actually one in the same?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had God with them in the furnace. A mountaintop experience in the valley. This is a favorite children’s story. But as adults do we seem to gloss over the three guys in the fire and we miss the importance of God being with them?

David killing Goliath was in an actual valley but one of the greatest mountain top experiences of his life. It is one of the most well-known stories in the Old Testament. God was with Him.

None of us really want the horrible valley experiences of life – or not even the small ones for that matter. But, If we can learn to look at Him and to see His face, then, as believers, we have our mountain.

John 14:28 – I am going away, and I will come to you.

When Christ said this to His disciples, it was the beginning of a valley experience for them. But I think He meant it as a mountaintop experience. He clearly told them that the Father would send a Helper, the Holy Spirit. He says, “don’t be troubled and don’t be afraid.” But they were troubled and afraid. He knew they would be. And He knows you will be, too.

If He is your Lord, then He is with you. If not, He wants to be. He wants to be your Lord and He wants to be with you.

He lives IN us. He is WITH us. Why we stare at the valley and miss Him, the mountain, right in front of us? He is the mountain.

If we look to Him in each moment, we can find ourselves with the mountain, in a valley. And we will walk through it.

Dr. Doug Dees

When I am helping people find their sweet spot in ministry, I feel alive. When I am teaching with application of what God is saying, I feel alive. When I am helping a church re-think who they are and how to get done what God wants, I feel alive. As long as I feel like I am helping us all become more of who He wants us to be, I sense a smile from my Abba Father. Contact Doug

1 thought on “Mountain Valleys”

  1. i think you have it right, we tend to think in terms of mountains and valleys. Most of life is neither.

    We even have a view of scripture in regard to mountains, and especially valleys. For example, we have Psalms of praise for his goodness and provision, and we have Psalms 23 which must be all about the valley of the shadow of death. And that’s a great comfort, but it also says, “surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,” I’m a simple guy, but I take that verse to say that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, as in everyone of them, not just when i’m in the valley or if things are going great. That kind of covers them all, regardless of my circumstances.

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