Mountains and Valleys
Most of us have mountains and valleys in our lives. Very few have a consistently level terrain.
Is this good or bad? It all depends. You be the judge.
We have mountains of struggles, pain and sadness.
I’ve heard it said, “If God brought you to it, He will bring you through it.” And, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
We can grow spiritually as we conquer our personal mountains. Mountaintops are usually joyful times, the highs in life. Things are going really well. But don’t forget who stands beside you in these moments. Give credit where credit is due. Especially give thanks to God.
When you find yourself in the valley of despair, sadness or depression, don’t go it alone. Don’t let another go it alone.
At times we need to talk, to share sorrows or worries.
Be a friend. Listen. Sometimes that is all that is needed.
Depending on the situation, choose your confidant wisely. A friend is one who listens, but does not repeat.
For deep valleys, there are professionals who can help. Medication is sometimes used, but be careful not to become dependent on it.
Do not forget the greatest Healer. God listens, and is always available. He will not spread your story.
Valleys can be beautiful – rivers and rambling streams, wildflowers gracing the banks, trees changing with the seasons. There is peace in the valley.
There is rarely smooth sailing in our lives. If all is well, give thanks, but don’t forget “your brother.” Remember them in prayer and, when needed, give them a helping hand and an ear for listening – combined with a heart that cares.