So my husband, Dustin, and I own this truck, a truck that’s nearly as old as we are, her name is Brownie. Brownie is, well, in rough shape. It’s one of those deals where you just have to say a prayer, get in and go. Faith is what gets you from point A to point B.
Recently, I had the great privilege (or something like that) of driving Brownie. However, I do my best to typically let Dustin drive Brownie as it takes unique skills. And while it did get me to where I needed to be and back, I wondered if we would make it to the top, as I was climbing the last hill before our home. The twenty-mile round trip was quite a journey, but my adventure in his 1990 Chevy pickup caused me to think of our spiritual experiences to the mountaintop.
Mountaintop experiences are definitely my favorite. I don’t care too much for the valley or desert seasons. I love it when all in my world is right and thriving, and I’m guessing you do, too! I believe it comes naturally to most of us to want to live there on the mountain where everything seems so right, but I also think the journey to the top is so incredibly beautiful. Difficult yes, but beautiful.
The climb to the top can feel lonely, stressful, long and exhausting. Often wondering if you’ve taken the wrong path. There are times you will crawl because your strength to walk is all but gone. I know this doesn’t sound beautiful, but it is. It’s lovely because the climb is where our faith is stretched and we grow spiritually. It’s where we learn to lean on and trust God for the provision and the promise that awaits us. The process to the top prepares us for the peek. It allows us to appreciate the mountaintop when we arrive. I’ve sat atop one mountain in my life and I can tell you the drive up was less than fun, but when I saw the sunrise above the clouds, it was breathtaking and totally worth the journey to the top.
I don’t know where you are on your spiritual adventure to the top, but this is my advice to you: Don’t despise the climb. It is merely part of the process of something far more magnificent than you can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20) and the Lord is with you every step of the way (Deut 31:6).
The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights! Habakkuk 3:19