Who Are You Traveling With?
We hear a lot about mountaintop experiences. It feels great when we have hit a period in our life where everything is just clicking. All cylinders are firing perfectly. Life is in some sort of perfect rhythm.
There’s a problem, though.
We don’t stay on the mountain top.
Something happens. Life returns to normal. We get back in a rut. Worse yet, we dive headlong into a valley. It’s not just any valley, either. It’s the valley of the shadow of death. We wonder how we’ve made it and how it can ever get good again.
I had one of those mountaintop experiences the other day.
My blog had more views and more comments than any day it has ever had. It was exciting. I was drunk on the wine of success. Except for one thing.
I realized that it was temporary.
I realized that it was really a timing issue.
It wasn’t me that people were excited to read. It was just the topic.
I even feared that there would be a day before long where no one would even read this blog.
I put the brakes on my plans to quit my job and become a full-time blogger and writer. It wasn’t quite time to start sell advertising on my blog.
I realized that pretty soon things would return to normal. It was just a blip. It was an anomaly. It was just part of the journey.
I headed back down the trail from the mountaintop, hoping to avoid the valley that brings fear, knowing that I have a shepherd who is with me on the trip. I have a shepherd who leads me beside the still waters. He comforts me with his rod and staff. I don’t have any need to want. He gives me a table right in front of the enemy. He anoints my head and my cup overflows. Goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life. We’re headed toward His house (I hear it’s a big, big house) where I will live the rest of my life.
Where are you today? Are you in the valley? Or are you on the mountaintop? It doesn’t matter if it’s in your job or in your marriage or anywhere else you are. You will travel up and down the trail between the mountain and the valley. The difference is in who is walking with you.
Who is traveling on this journey with you?