A trip to the mountains was just what this Florida girl needed. It was a much-needed time of reflection, while planning and preparing for the year ahead. Our group had spent the afternoon by the creek and the ladies wanted to enjoy the scenic walk back to the cabin. We began the steep ascent as my muscles protested. I was nearly breathless, trying to pretend that I could keep up. My friends were obviously in way better shape more experienced than I was.
"Don't worry, it levels off just up the way," one friend encouraged.
Expectantly (desperately, really), I searched for "just up the way." Where was this promised land of level ground? I feared I may collapse before it appeared. Sure enough, we soon walked easily on level ground (for several yards, before the steep climb resumed).
"Isn't that just like life? One uphill climb after another," our friend commented.
Truth. It seems that the struggle doesn't stop. We all look forward to a moment without a fight, a season to catch our breath. Our human nature wants to relax, take it easy, stop pushing, quit pursuing.
As we head into the final days of our church-wide fast, let me encourage you to keep pressing forward. This isn't the time to fall back or "take it easy." As I’ve recently heard it said, “Everything worthwhile is uphill.” Moving closer to God will always require a purposeful pursuit.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
Keep pursuing God, friends.