Rocky, uneven and steep. The hike to the top of the mountain seemed longer than I remembered. It left me gasping for breath after climbing over rocks, but rays of light assured us we would soon reach the top. And what an amazing view! Definitely surpassed my memory bank. So loved the wide open spaces – looking down into the valley – gazing way off into the distance. Lingered long, breathing in deep – didn’t want to leave this place.
How great is our God to capture such beauty and unveil it right before our eyes? What we longed for down below. What we reached for all along the way. What we pushed beyond our limits to attain. Now in full view – God glory shining all around us.
But we couldn’t stay there forever lifted high above it all. Descent seemed much faster. Descent seemed harder. Steep climb up and tricky climb down. Easier to slip when gravity pulls.
Note to self: Climbing up requires focus, discipline and perseverance. Climbing down requires same.
Ever been there – you know working hard, striving, attempting to reach that goal? Zeroed in on the end result – anticipating the exhilarating payoff – the mountain top. Dancing in the joy of accomplishment. Drinking deep of success. Jumping onto our platform. Filled with our glory. Knowing we did it. We made it happen – pride slipping in – God glory seeping out.
Ever felt the jolt as descent occurs? Reality coloring our ease. Uneven ground – tricking footing where our success lives. Fades quickly.
Note to self: Glory stolen births beauty fading. How quickly we forget the One who lifts us up.
“Father, we are no different than the one who sought to steal Your glory. We get lost in what we do, forgetting You are the wind beneath our wings. Forgetting You deserve the praise – because You made it happen. Help us to never be glory takers, but glory givers in awe of all that You are.”
For His Glory
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