Isaiah 43:18-19, Romans 8:18
When thinking about this month’s topic, Seasons, it makes smile with joy considering the season the Lord has planted my feet in today. But 6 months ago that would not have been the case.
I’m pumped to share a series with you about different season we can face in our spiritual lives. Today, we’re going to start with a sweet spot – the mountaintop.
For a girl who grew up in a small town with a mall that was named a “Towne Center” where everyone knew everyone and “Bless Your Heart” was a term of endearment for a variety of different situations, I really had not faced “life” at its worst until around this time last year during my mom’s battle with breast cancer.
Terms like, “You have to climb the mountain to see the view” or “We have to face the valley to appreciate the mountaintops” made me roll my eyes (just being real) during that “season” for my family last year. It wasn’t until I was on the mountaintop that I realized how true those statements are.
I’m calling this season the mountaintop season.
I can look backward and smile rather than looking backward and going there. I can look back and see what my mom overcame this year with a heart of gratitude, rather than sinking into a depressive state God never chose for me. She is an overcomer and God is faithful! I’m thankful for the view.
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18-19, ESV)
I might be a little sweaty from the hike but the top sure does feel like a breath of fresh air. God is not a God of confusion and He rewards faithfulness. 2014 wasn’t in vain. It was a valley that led to the most beautiful view and taught us so much.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
The beautiful part of this season as I am firsthand experiencing the fruit of being on the mountaintop. God is receiving the glory from our trials through 818 Ministries and it humbles me every day to think that somehow the Lord chose me, in all of my weakness, to make a difference for His Kingdom. To date, we have made over 100 hats at various events in 2015 while sharing our testimony. That could’ve only been accomplished and orchestrated by the Lord.
What the Lord can accomplish through total and complete brokenness for His glory turns my heart into a state of total and complete surrender because I don’t want to miss out.
I don’t know where you’re at today. Maybe you’re with me and you feel like you’re on the mountaintop? Enjoy it and soak it up. Praise the Lord for it. I hope that’s where you’re at.
But if you’re not, hang in there. The view from the top is beautiful. Just trust Him. Keep your eyes on Him – and He will get the glory through your season!