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.