The view that one gets as they gaze the panoramic scene from the top of a mountain is somewhat breathtaking to say the least. Miles and miles of a picturesque images filter into the mind as one takes in the vast scope of sightings available through the tapestry of reality that lays before them. Not withstanding, this scenario cannot compare to the visual one gets after coming up out of an horrible pit.
We all have had those mountaintop experiences when the Lord has blessed us, sometimes beyond measure, after we have gone through a time of testing. How wonderful it is when our spiritual eyes gaze upon the reality of new lessons learned. For many this is a time of spiritual growth, drawing us closer to the Lord. Sightings of new opened doors of opportunity to serve, witness and minister bring joy and anticipation into our heart. It is indeed a welcome relief from the valley of despair from whence we just came. Unfortunately this is a time when we are often most vulnerable to attacks from the Devil. With a humble heart it is good for us to take a quick look down into the valley from whence we came to remind us of God’s hand in delivering us from our hour of testing.
Although is it not good to dwell on past sins, testing, and disappointments, we need to keep in mind that those very things were the instruments by which we were chiseled into becoming more Christ-like. Once the abrasiveness of sin is tempered with the soothing lotion of forgiveness, our fellowship with the Heavenly Father is restored and it becomes easier for us to see that all testing comes from above and is meant for our good. Those disappointments were roadblocks preventing us from turning away from the will of God our life. Perhaps the most humbling site that pricks our soul is the evidence of God’s working in our life while floundering in the valley.
As we look closer into the pit we can see dredged into the sinking sand are drag marks from the time when the Lord had to literally drag us away from temptation and sin. Further down the path can be seen only one set of footprints when we were being carried by our Savior. There at the cool spring waters, Christ refreshed us, providing us with the strength to keep going. As our eyes look upon the side of the mountain we can see Jesus climbing upward carrying someone upon his back……………. Oh, how he loves us.