I’m really excited this post is finally written because it’s taken me a while to get this one finished. You might have noticed it’s been a lot longer than normal since I last posted. Typically, I write a blog post a month and it’s been about two months. I’ve been going through some things- a lot of just life stuff happening. I’ve also been in a bit of a creative funk, but this post is straight from the heart. It’s a bit of what I’ve been experiencing, and so I want to share it with you in hopes that it can encourage you with whatever valley you’re trudging, mountain your climbing, or mountain top you’re relishing.
This rock was one of the crafts that I did with my kiddos this week during VBS. I was super excited when they said they we’re letting the teachers do one. lolll
What I wrote on it though has been something I’ve really clung to lately. It stands for “God is greater than the highs and the lows.” You might have heard it before, but when I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago, I resonated with it so much. I started writing it on my wrist with a Sharpie.
Since I first heard it, I’ve heard “highs and lows” a lot. Lauren Daigle’s song You Say has those words in it and another really good song by Hillsong is entitled Highs and Lows.
I think I resonate so much with it because life has a way of feeling like a bunch of ups and downs. One moment things are going great and in the matter of seconds everything can fall apart. It’s like a roller coaster except this one is the roller coaster of life, and you can’t get off when you want to.
I, however, am not a glass half empty kind of person. In fact, I’d like to say I’m working on being a glass overflowing kind of person. It’s hard for me to settle with this mentality of “life will just always be hard.” Because 1. Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light, so 2. I don’t want to live my life resisting every hard thing I go through; I want to figure out what God is trying to do by allowing the highs and lows in my life, even if they don’t always make perfect sense.
I will say this, and say it, and keep on saying it. God promises to work everything for our good IF we allow Him to. This means there is a reason for all the highs and lows.
So here are a few things the highs and lows I’ve experienced in my life have taught me.
First, high points and low points in life are inevitable, which we’ve already sorta established, but this isn’t God’s fault. It’s Satan’s fault. It’s the direct result of sin. The Bible says God has pleasure in the prosperity of his servants. YA’LL THE LORD LITERALLY DELIGHTS IN OUR SUCCESS. That is so overwhelming to me, but it means that He doesn’t find some sick pleasure in the pain we endure. He is cheering us when we climb the mountain, and He’s ready to rejoice with us when we reach the top.
Second, while highs teach us the joy of the Lord, the lows teach us joyful trust. The truth is if we only experienced highs, we would stray from God, just like the Israelite’s did. It’s because we’re human. Israel would turn to God when things got tough, but after they we’re over the mercy of God for their sins, they would turn right back to old ways and old sins. And they did this over and over and over for centuries. Did you catch that. CENTURIES. God knows us, and He knows that if things we’re always easy, we would stray too. The lows teach us to depend more on God. They keep us close to Him.
Third, lows not only teach us something, they help blaze trails for others.
Sometimes I have a tendency to get so caught up in my problems that I forget to look up and look around me. Life is not all about “me.” I’ve been so thankful for the mentors in my life that have been generous and vulnerable enough to share with me their hard and painful experiences because it was in those moments that I connected with them the most. So maybe our trials are also to help the person or people behind us- to help them through the trials their facing that we’ve already walked through- to encourage them that things do get better despite the heartache- to help them avoid some of the mistakes we’ve made. Had the mentors in my life not walked through some hard stuff, they wouldn’t have been able to tell me their stories and encourage me. So let your lows not be in vain. Use them to help people.
All of these things I’ve learned take a shift in perspective. You have to fight to not let Satan win the battle in your mind. He will grind you into the ground and make you believe there is no purpose for the lows and convince you that the highs are only temporary tricks of happiness, but it takes a brave person to choose to see God in the highs and lows and trust that He has a purpose for them like His Word promises.
So if you’ve experienced this or are experiencing this, these are some good reminders to help you through them:
- Keep moving forward ➡️
Don’t stop because you don’t understand. Some day God may give you an answer. Maybe he won’t. But you have to keep going. You can’t let Satan keep you stagnant and stuck.
- Grow through what you go through
As you move forward, choose to learn from what you went through. Try to see what God wants to show you or teach you. You don’t have to let this be just another low, just another trial. You can maximize your lows by growing through them and learning from them.
- But most importantly, focus the most on God
– And not just who God is in the middle of your circumstances, but just who God is. If you know Him truly, you don’t have to worry if His plans for you are good or if He’s got your back. Focusing most importantly on God is the best way soothe your mind. After all, He is greater than all we go through! He is greater than all the highs and lows!!!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”