Have you ever reached the top of a mountain in your life, when you suddenly developed a sense of panic as you asked yourself, “What now?!” You have prayed fervently maybe even years for a change, a dream, a heart’s desire, and your moment of answered prayer has finally come! After much sweat and exertion and battle through faith and trust- you have finally reached the top. You are ecstatic!!…..at first…..and then you have this moment of realization settle in your soul. You feel yourself let go and the view is priceless. But where do you go from here?
We become closer to the Lord and our faith is strengthened as we lift up our prayers and learn to trust God to answer in His ways, and not always what we are asking Him for. We realized many steps back during this journey, that we have no control over our circumstances outside of His will for us. And so we lifted our hands and hearts and spent endless moments surrendering to Him and trusting that He would bring into our lives whatever He knew was best for us. It was during these moments that we felt a closeness with God. We serve a Father who loves His children more than we can love even our own- hard to imagine I know. He desires the best for each of our lives. His best. So when we get a chance to experience His best within the confines of answered prayer, it feels amazing! He has brought us to the top of the mountain!
The fear that can stir up inside us though during such an elated moment, comes when we realize that much of our prayer time and thought processes were consumed with what we were summoning Jesus for. Now that He has allowed it to come to fruition- if we aren’t careful, we are tempted to fall back into life and take our eyes off of Him. It can become easy to move forward in our own strength and allow life to busy us with everything but spending time with Jesus. It’s easy to forget about our dependence on the One who allowed us to get there in the first place. I believe we have to fight almost harder than we did on our journey up the mountain, to keep our eyes fixed on Him at the peak of it. To continue to summon God’s best, His will and plan for our lives. It is during this time at the top, that life can easily fall back into a routine and we must fight to remain close with Him. Wars are not won when the opponents remain stagnant between battles. This is a time when great effort and training is required to keep warriors strong and prepared for what lies ahead.
Praise him for answered prayers, and then stand firm and fight to remain strong in your walk with the Lord. Life’s journey will have many mountains ahead, and we never know when we will be called to climb up an even greater summit!
With love~ April
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you.