Up and Down the Mountains…………….”I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2…………..
Honestly, I was HORRIFIED to discover the massive mountains (massive in my estimate anyway) I had to drive HOURS through to get to my next destination on the road for Jesus. I have a very old car, wouldn’t take a million dollars to ride a roller coaster, was exhausted, and the last thing I wanted to do was face the up and down ride I hadn’t expected.
The Lord blessed me with one of the most beautiful blessings I have ever received. I called a beloved friend and sister in the Lord who is my co-laborer in ministry. She heard my panic. She heard my distress. She heard my need. She spent probably 20 to 30 minutes on the phone with me praying non-stop, sowing scriptures into my heart as she prayed, lovingly, gently, without any judgment, helping me up and down the mountains of that day in my life.
I have never in my life experienced anything quite like it. It was as though me, the Lord Jesus Christ, and my sister in the Lord were all alone separated out from the world around us. It was intimate. It was hard. It was raw. It was awesome.
In the depths of my fear, in the deep of my heart, when I confessed how indescribably upset and afraid I was, I was not judged or condemned. I was loved with a love more pure than imaginable. A love the Lord poured through my friend as His vessel.
Friend, this is how we are all to be with one another. Loving and encouraging and praying for and helping and supporting one another as we go up and down the mountains of life.
I confess I have such a very long way to go in this. Day by day, I am learning to walk in God’s love, to walk humbly, to walk by faith, to walk faithfully, to be gentle, to be compassionate, to be all God wants us to be.
When you see others go up and down the mountains of this life, be the friend to them God desires you to be. Be His vessel. And let His love pour through you.
The verse above is the one my friend gave me the day after Jesus and she brought me through those mountains.