“I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” – Isaiah 46:4
Recently, my friend, Fawn, and I went on our annual Momcation – no schedules, no agendas, no kids. One activity that is always part of our blissful weekend retreat is bike riding. Living in the Ozarks, I’m used to riding hilly terrain, but for some reason, I was slightly intimidated by what I saw as I drove into Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I was beginning to wonder if we’d wasted time packing our biking gear. I’m sure Fawn was thinking the same thing.
Being first-born, Type A, headstrong, determined women, we weren’t going to let a few mountains stop us! We set out early one morning for an invigorating ride along the lake. As I slowly climbed a steep hill that seemed to go on forever, I felt my quads tightening up. The more I pushed, the more I felt my legs burn. I was tempted to turn back. But, I didn’t. I kept going. One pedalstroke after another.
At the top, I felt a huge sense of relief and accomplishment. I smiled during the entire descent, completely enjoying the reward of my efforts – a fast downhill ride.
Many times it seems that spiritually we’re stuck in a valley with mountains in every direction, struggling with circumstances that seem insurmountable. We don’t want to keep going. But God pushes us on. He gently whispers, “You can do it. One day at a time. Keep reading your Bible. Keep praying. Keep believing in Me. I’m here. I will help you.”
I don’t know what you’re facing right now, but let me encourage you to give it to the Lord. Bring your worries, concerns, doubts, and fears to Him. Trust Him with the mountain in your life – whether it’s a damaged relationship, a difficult job situation, a sin from which you can’t seem to break free, or a physical affliction that is draining the life out of you. Believe that the Lord will provide the strength you need. God is faithful, and He will carry you. His presence and peace will be your reward as you rest in Him.
Fawn and I feeling completely rested on our Momcation.
|Our home away from home.|