God is Greater

Highs, lows, mountains, valleys– this list could go on. I’m sure we’ve all heard these metaphors before. They usually refer to how we “feel” with a specific circumstances, seasons, or relationships. Especially in our relationship with God. We’ve all been through low valleys when we feel like we’re stuck, and then God brings us up on mountains for the glorious view. It feels great to be on a “high” with God, huh? You feel close to Him, you enjoy reading His word, and talking to Him in prayer. But those “lows” though… they can really suck. Have you ever feared when the next “low”is gonna come? Lately this is a question that has been constantly in the back of my mind. Even when I’m on a “high” for the Lord, that one fearful thought is nagging me, which kinda ruins the great time I’m having with God!

Okay… honestly, I’ve gotten kinda frustrated with these “highs and lows.” It just doesn’t make sense to me why we have to have these good and bad seasons. But in this little rant, God gently reminded me of a Bible passage I memorized when I was a kid:

“To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,

And a time to die;

A time to plant,

And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,

And a time to heal;

A time to break down,

And a time to build up;

A time to weep,

And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn,

And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,

And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace,

And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,

And a time to lose;

A time to keep,

And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,

And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence,

And a time to speak;

A time to love,

And a time to hate;

A time of war,

And a time of peace.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Also He has put eternity in their hearts,

except that no one can find out the work that

God does from beginning to end.”

(Ecclesiastes 3)

I remember when I was little, my mom would ask us what other things were seasons like in this passage. I’m sure the 8 year-old Becca would say something like, “when I like my brother, when my brother’s annoying and I don’t like him…” you can imagine what a little kid might say. But when I think about this as an adult, the first thing that comes to mind is highs and lows. But in the end of that passage, it says that God has made everything beautiful in its time. This means that may not understand what God is doing in our lives right now, and in our low seasons, but He will show us the beauty of it in His time. And we can trust that through whatever low we’re going through, God’s going to teach us something amazing.

But what about that constant fear? That fear of being on top of that mountain, and you know you’re sliding down into the valley…. and you really don’t want to… you’re scared you might not be able to climb up again…. How do we battle that? Let me tell you what gave me the inspiration to write about this: a math equation–kinda. It’s this: G > H + L {God is greater than highs and lows}

This almost immediately put my thoughts at ease. Like, duh! Of course God is greater than this! (Internally I was doing a facepalm). Whether I’m on the highest mountain, God is there! Whether I’m in the darkest valley, God is definitely there. God showed me another passage this morning that helped me understand more: “My eyes fail from searching Your word, saying, “when will you comfort me?””To me, this blew my mind. Because it’s EXACTLY true. When I’m in a low with my relationship with God, I’m searching. But reading God’s word is great, (wonderful really!), but it’s not the end-all factor. It takes the Holy Spirit and prayer to regain that high. But most of all, it takes faith. Faith that God will bring you up the mountain when the time is right, and in the meantime, listen to what He’s teaching you!

So, yes. We will go through highs and lows, mountains and valleys. But will God be with us? Of course. Are we the only ones who go through lows? Heck no! David– anointed one of God went through plenty of lows, crying out to God for deliverance. In my pitiful experience, I was so focused on my circumstances of “highs and lows,” that I forgot that God is GREATER than my highs and lows. That is the bottom line. God is greater.

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