Keep Climbing

“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.

 Me with my trusty Penna.
Our home away from home.

Comments

  1. Enjoyed reading your blog as it reminded me of when I was a young mom and four women of the church took me under their wings. They took me and one other young mom to the beach. It was difficult as I left my 3 month old and 1 year old with dad and our two older boys. We prayed, fellowship and each were given quiet time to be with the Lord. We went sightseeing, laugh and cried. I learned so much and appreciated their spiritual mentoring. I could never repay them but am now able to mentor other young moms. God blesses when we can share His love. Thank you for sharing your momcation.

  2. Elisabeth, thank you for your comment and for sharing how God blessed you with spiritual mentors. He is so faithful to give us what and WHOM we need, isn’t He? I prayed for many years for a spiritual mentor, and God recently provided a precious woman in my life who is 70. She is truly a gift from the Lord. I am thankful that He always hears our prayers and answers in His perfect timing. May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek Him. I’m so glad you wrote. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog.