I heard a rather profound statement from a teenager today regarding the cycles of life. He very nonchalantly told me summer is coming soon, then it will be winter, then the cycle will continue on again and again. It instantly reminded me of the various “cycles” in our life. The ebbs and flow of nature, the planting of seeds, then afterward the harvest. Perhaps more importantly the mountains we face and the drudgery of the valleys as well.
Mountains And Negativity
One way to view our lives is a string of mountains and valleys connected by our journeys in between. I find it rather ironic that we often view up to 75% of our lives negatively. Think about this for a moment. If you were to dissect a complete cycle into 4 parts, you would get the following:
- Climbing the mountain
- The mountain top
- The descent into the valley
- The valley
We struggle to climb the mountain, often only spending a short time at the apex of achievement. Too soon afterwards, we begin jogging down the slippery path to the next valley. When we reach the very bottom, we are not often excited. More than likely, we are frustrated at our inability to overcome and stay planted on the mountain for a permanent vacation. It often reminds me of that silly movie Goundhog Day with Bill Murray. He wakes up each morning to relive the same day over and over again. Only towards the end of the movie does he finally understand he has to respond differently to get different results.
So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” – 1 Peter 5:6–7 MSG
Who Is Your Promoter?
We spend enormous amounts of time and energy to promote ourselves and make things happen for us. It’s no wonder that we find ourselves exhausted. We fight and claw aiming for the top and then fight and cla to stay there. God is clear however that our best course of action is to be content with who we are. There is no need to fake being someone we are not. Our charge is to be carefree before God, because it is He who will promote us at the right time. I want to leave you with this thought. Remember that mountain tops encourage us, but valleys mature us.