Oftentimes, following an uplifting occasion a valley experience follows.
Last week, many of us enjoyed a festive party gathering with Elaine’s volunteers in celebration of their generous time and energy expended upon my sister. Just days after that happy event, intense and grievous physical pain bombarded her. A few days after her party, an unnecessarily lengthy pain clinic visit reaped no true remedies for Elaine.
In the midst of her hopelessness, I experienced again my own spiritual valley of grief. Finally, dying to my spiritual pride, I called a Christian brother who prayed for me on the phone offering hope. Another friend came by and prayed, encouraging me to receive God’s rest and peace void of my own strivings. I heard similar counsel from another brother as well.
Many times I have wondered why the deep valleys so often come after the mountaintop experiences. Perhaps, I am reminded of how puny my spiritual strength to be and how God wants me to depend upon Him in a deeper way. Do I truly believe: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me?”
Christian, be prepared for the spiritual valleys as that test of faith most assuredly follows us along our hike through the mountains.