Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
It’s been a few weeks since I have felt compelled to write anything and even today I’m in a very awkward place in my mind. But, at least, I’m compelled to share something. I’m not sure what it is, though. So, I leave it to God to guide my fingers and use His words. I always pray for that before I start writing but, I need His guidance especially now. Not just to share it with those who read it but, for me who writes it.
We all have our ups and downs in our walk with Christ. There are times where we feel like our cup is overflowing with blessing and times where we feel parched because it seems the cup is empty. Now, we know (or at least we should) that the cup is not really empty. God doesn’t put a cap on how many blessings He gives. Some might say that if the blessings seem to run dry; we have strayed and become undeserving of any. I, disagree, for the simple fact, we have always been undeserving even when our cup was overflowing. Instead, I view this dry time as God performing “spiritual maintenance” in our lives. Just like our vehicles, if we want them to continue to run like the day we bought it we have to do maintenance on them. Fluids need changed, tires need air and sometimes certain parts have exceeded their usefulness and just need replaced with a new one. Of course, while our car is in the shop we can’t drive it and so; it sits there while it is being worked on. Our walk is always going to be full of peaks and valleys and I think that it is in those valleys that we are just in the shop so to speak.
I’ve been in what seems to be a valley for the past few months now. There hasn’t been anything really specific to complain about; like I said before just been in an awkward place in my mind. It has felt like I’ve been just going through the motions. The fire I had when I first got saved was dwindling down to a flicker. It felt like it had been months since a sermon had reached my soul. But, God is always faithful. He has been sure to keep spiritually strong influences around me to keep me company while my spirit is undergoing some maintenance. He knew I was in need of some reassurance and so a couple weeks ago when I was just going through the motions and going to Bible study He put it on my pastor’s heart to talk about the peaks and valleys that we go through and how the valleys are just as important (if not more so) than the peaks. He also pointed out that to get to the next peak we need to go through another valley. When I heard those words, I was reminded of an old saying that my previous pastor said for times like this: “Smooth seas never make good sailors.” So, what my pastor was saying started to really resonate in me. I’m sure I am not the only that has been listening to a sermon and thought, “This seems to be meant for me.” Guess what? Sometimes it is for you. God is just using the speaker to tell you the message He has for you. Praise God my pastor is interested in God’s will and not his own.
It is only when you combine knowledge with experience do you get wisdom. And, with wisdom comes strength. If this is true, then when I climb out of this valley, I will have the wisdom and the strength to get out of the next one. So, instead of giving me a blessing that is temporary, it is permanent. My cup of blessings isn’t dry; God is giving me one that not only has unlimited refills but has the ability to be upgraded to a bigger cup. I don’t know how long I will be in these rough seas but now I know God is not letting me drown; He is teaching me to swim.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.