My friend, my message today is to keep your chin up if you are feeling down and discouraged. There is a brighter tomorrow.
“The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Life’s burdens can be heavy. There is death, sickness, financial struggles, and relationship issues all around us. I wish I could say I know someone who isn’t struggling, but unfortunately I do not. I had once heard a saying that is so true…. You are either living in a valley, preparing to go into the valley, or living on top of the mountain.
The valley is symbolic of living in a time of darkness, trials and troubles. Living on the mountain is symbolic for the period in time where life is going okay. It is often times associated with a time when you are able to breathe a sigh of relief.
You are the only one who knows where you are at this moment.
Is your life going great and everything is stable and established? Are you single and living your dreams to the fullest? Are you married and your marriage is everything you hoped for and more? Is your job everything you imagined and you are on track for this amazing promotion or opportunity of a life time kind of advancement?
My friend, continue to live in this moment. Build up your strength, become knowledgeable, and enjoy this time of reprieve. I am not trying to be your doom and gloom, but to be your small inner voice of wisdom that says you will not stay here forever. Life doesn’t allow for this to be all the time. It does however allow for you to become mentally and emotionally stronger. Gather up all the riches you are experiencing and hide them in your heart for a later time when you may need to fall back on them to pull you through a harder time.
Now for my friend who is struggling, hold your head up high and know just as the person on the mountain top is not going to remain there forever, I have good news for you. You are not going to stay in the valley forever.
Just as the mountain top offers it’s time to breathe and regain strength, the valley has its own benefits as well. We gain wisdom, knowledge and strength because God provides teachable moments during these time to learn from.
Have you ever heard the saying. we do not learn from the good times, but from the bad? Think about the truth behind these simple words.
- The times when you live in hardships you learn to look for the smaller blessings in life therefore you tend to not take them for granted.
- You learn which relationships are trustworthy and loyal because the average friend will turn their back on you during the difficult times.
- If you struggled through a financial hardship you have learned financial skills to live by in order to survive that difficulty.
- If you have experienced health issues you have learned how fragile life can be. The blessings of getting through everyday are no longer assumed, they are treasured.
My sweet friend, no matter what life is offering you at this time, know you will not be here forever. Whether you are enjoying life to its fullest and you are resting on the mountain top or you are in the valley of discouragement and grief, please know God has a promise for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
The lesson here is to be in constant communication with Him whether you are struggling or life is going well. He wants to hear from you. He wants to celebrate in your joys and accomplishments as well as your deepest hurts. He knows everything going on because He has never left your side. Keep your prayers of gratitude and thankfulness going forward as well as your cares and concerns.
He is listening and hearing you. Allow Him to remain in your life at all times, not just when you need Him during your darkest hours.
Remember… You are Enough! You’ve got this thing called Life!