The Other Side of the Mountain
This has been an exciting, stressful, exhilarating, frustrating, and wonderful year. From the time in January when I found out I was invited to apply for ordination, to the magnificent evening of October 25 when my long journey toward ordination came to an end, 2013 has been an adventure!
I have traveled quite a bit this year—San Francisco, North Carolina, New York, and even exotic Indiana. I was honored to serve as the president of our denomination’s church musicians conference. Most of all, I have watched with delight as our church has seemed to hit its stride in working for God’s Kingdom. The Holy Spirit has been so present, so vibrant in our worship. And it’s been, as I like to say, “awesome.”I feel like I’ve been climbing, climbing, ever higher up a tremendous mountain, reaching the top during the days following my ordination.
Of course, once one reaches the mountaintop, one must eventually go down the other side. I expected this natural descent. I did not expect to roll down the mountain and into the valley in one fell swoop. But I did.
It happens. Nobody has the luxury of permanent existence in the mountaintop experience. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to walk down the other side of the mountain. Other times, we are thrown into the depths.
The important thing, no matter what we’re going through, is that we keep God at the center of our lives. It seems easy to nurture our relationship with God when things are going well. When we’re rolling down the mountain, it is a little harder.
If we get into the habit of working on our spiritual life in the good times, we will have stronger reserves to sustain us when life gets tough.
As we head into a hectic time of year, strive to keep God the focus of our lives. In all seasons…and altitudes.