Valleys Often Follow Mountaintop Experiences

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.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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