You always hear people talking about climbing mountains. They plan their routes and equip themselves with the right shoes, the appropriate shelter, essential supplies, and important knowledge about the mountain before them. The climbing is important, but what about the descent? Isn’t it just as much a part of the journey as the climb?
Spiritually we talk about mountaintop experiences. I have been on one this week. I have been taught, equipped, and challenged, yet now is the hour to plan the descent. The climb was wonderful, but the descent is what I fear. I fear finding treasure on the mountain only to bury it in the valley. And buried truth does no one any good.
How does it get buried?
Busyness grasps the shovel. Procrastination digs the hole. Prayerlessness heaps the dirt. Before long a Fruitless Tree of Good Intentions grows to hide the spot where the treasure from the mountain lays buried.
How do I keep this from happening? How do I keep this week from being just a mark on a calendar and a nice picture in a scrapbook? The answer has to be PRAYER.
Prayer is the way to hold God’s hand so I can walk in agreement with Him. And where does His hand take me? It takes me to the upward slope of His Mountain and to the top of great heights. Then it holds tight down the slippery sides and pulls me to the coolness of the valley of everyday life. I have realized that life must become a conversation with Him. That way truth is never buried. It is lived.
So, Father…help us. May we be wise and use what we have learned. May we pray and not be found sleeping. May we abide in You so we can fall into Your rhythm. May we be found faithful to use what You have given. May we keep repentant hearts, willing hearts, thankful hearts. May we be as true in the valley of everyday life as we were on the mountain. And, if we live what we have learned and have felt so compelled to do, may You receive all the glory. For we hold this treasure in jars of clay, but the all surpassing power is from You. (2 Corinthians 4)