Life’s journey can be tough. Years ago I wrote this after my world was turned upside-down. May this encourage you.
My soul basked in your glory on the mountaintop, as I stood on the highest peak and relished singing praises to your name —not for who you are, but for what you did – Not realizing I had planted my feet firmly in crumbling sand and not in the cleft of the Rock.
When my circumstances changed so did my view, no longer could I sing praises for what you did, and I had forgotten how to praise you for who you are.
Ever so quickly my footing began to falter, and I plummeted to the valley below – dazed and wounded to the very depths of my soul.
I shook my fist at the mountaintop in anger, at the winds that blew me over, at the friends that pointed at the storm and only ran away for cover.
Then I looked upward and blamed you, God, for the storm, for the valley – feeling abandoned by all, especially by you, God.
No longer did I bask in your glory, rather I wallowed in self-pity allowing the desert heat to dry up my soul.
But alone for this journey I was not, my two best friends held my hands as I crawled through the wasteland.
Christ on one side… my friend on the other.
Both constantly talking with one another about me, lifting me up, showing me the way, planting my feet on firmer ground, leading me to new friends who provided shelter in a storm, and reminding me to praise you always in all circumstances.
Looking back, I praise you for that desert. For now you and I have the privilege to hold a friend’s hand and walk her through her dry and desolate land.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.
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