Here’s the deal. When you create a vision for your life and you start stepping out in faith there is no way around it; you will ABSOLUTELY experience peaks and valleys!
Trust me. I know! In fact since the day I packed my car, left my life in Texas to act on my vision I have been on some breath-taking and amazing mountain peaks and some incredibly dark and lonely valleys.
Many times it seemed I was on that peak for about 2.2 seconds before I plummeted into a valley of despair, doubt, and discouragement. My faith has been shaken, my hope has taken a blow, and my confidence has been shattered. In other words, many times I gave up my power to Satan and the mind weeds and the illusion before me had me on the brink of throwing my hands up and shouting, “Ok! I give!”
I felt like the devil was twisting my arm behind my back while yelling, “SAY UNCLE!”
Have you suffered disappointments or had your dreams crushed? Has your heart been broken? Have you lost something dear to you? Do you feel your prayers will never get answered? I know the answer yes, and let me guess…if you’re like me, all you want to do is hide under the covers. You wonder how can you possibly press on and face a new day. Maybe you even think this is too painful to endure?
Not too long ago I was in the lowest valley I had been in since setting out for my vision, and after seeking the comfort of my Heavenly Father through prayer and reading his word, I went to my earthly father.
My dad took me back into God’s word and told me about a powerful prophet who also experienced wonderful success only to quickly fall to a valley.
Below is a quote from this prophet. Can you guess who it is?
“He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in it’s shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all- to just die: ‘Enough of this, God! Take my life- I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!’ Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush.”- 1 Kings 19:4-5 (MSG).
If you don’t know, these are words spoken by Elijah. When he said this to God, he had just proved that God is the one true God and he triumphed over the 450 prophets of Baal. He experienced success and saw his prayers answered. Elijah was on that mountain peak and feeling fantastic! And then… Jezebel. She found out what happened and threatened to kill Elijah so he fled to Beersheba.
So here is what I love about this story. Even Elijah wanted to be “done with it all.” He was tempted to quit and give up. Elijah wanted to stay in bed and hide under the covers. For some reason when I read that I didn’t feel so bad about my urges to hide from it all!
Later in the story, an angel of God orders him to get up and eat. God still had work for Elijah to do, and he refused to let Elijah quit. He helped Elijah keep pressing on and he gave him strength, guidance, and directions. God didn’t leave him under the broom brush (whatever that is) quivering in fear, doubt, and depression.
This story is a beautiful example of God keeping his promise of 2 Deuteronomy 31:8:
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
When you are in your dark valleys or hiding under the covers in fear and ready to throw in the towel as you pursue your vision, remember these lessons:
- You are not abandoned! The Lord will NEVER leave you or FORSAKE you. And even though you may feel alone, God’s spirit is absolutely right there next to you, comforting you.
- Even the great prophet Elijah has experienced what you’re feeling!
- KNOW that God WILL provide you the strength to keep moving forward toward your vision. He is providing you directions and guidance, and will reveal your next course of action that will get you to start moving out of that valley.
It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.- 1 Corinthians 5:7