The Love Affair with the Valley

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12,13

Oh, the longing for the days of consistently living on the mountaintop.  To hurry up and get through this.  The joy of when this trial passes.  Great is the effort on getting to the mountaintop.  Our prayers bellow up to God in air of anticipation of “getting through this” so that life can begin.  Hurrying the process to get to the mountain.

The Mountain.  It’s splendor is without words.  The manifestation of HIS power.  The show of HIS hands.  The Transfiguration.  The moment when all see HIS glory as it really is.  The moment when all see the Hand of God displayed on individuals.  At the same time, strange it is to see a house sitting alone on a mountain.  Magnificent and yet isolated at the same time.

Age and wisdom have caused tractor girl to view the mountaintop experiences in a different light. To my surprise there seems to be a growing affinity for the valley.  The valley is hard.  The terrain is usually rough and times when the footing is unsure.  It is low and unnoticed and often involves much work to which there is little recognition.

But there is something grandiose in itself in the Valley.  For in the valley we gain sure footing.  In the valley we develop the abilities to handle the rough terrain.  In the valley are face to face conversations with HIM.  In the valley HE comforts.  In the valley, HE speaks.  In the valley, is the peace that surpasses all understanding.  In the valley is the joy of our salvation.  In the valley weakness becomes strength.  In the valley we learn of HIM.

So, while the world entices us to hurry the progress and leap from mountain to mountain, maybe we should lay back and enjoy the journey in the valley.  Learn, as Paul did, the secret to real living and contentment which is a relationship with Jesus, The Christ–whether on the mountain or in the valley.



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