Fresh Hope – Day 6

Your mountain top experience is not your permanent address.

 

Striving to live on a continual high is a nice thought, but it’s not realistic.

 

Don’t get disappointed when you find yourself living for days on end in the valley.

 

Highs and lows are what make life what it is.

 

We have friends that live in a part of the world that only has 3 days of rain a year. Now that to me is ideal. Hot sunny days every day, yet they crave to come to the UK where they can enjoy the cold, rain and snow. Why? Because experiencing the same climate every day is seen as boring and something that they have to endure.

 

You’d fully expect people in that climate to be spending all day outside in skimpy clothes and eating from the barbecue every night. The reality is they spend all their time indoors with the air conditioning turned up full.

 

Seasons are a blessing. That trial that you are facing right now may make you feel like you’re in the dead of winter, but it will not only strengthen you, it will make you appreciate the spring time of your life too, when you will start to see new growth in your life.

 

Instead of craving to live only at one level, see that each day brings different seasons, and each season bringing not only fresh challenges, but fresh growth.

 

Don’t be disillusioned by the fact that you’re not on the mountain top every day, but embrace every challenge as a good friend, a friend that will enlarge your world.

 

Romans 5:3-5 MSG

‘There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!’

 

Pastor Mark

 

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