This morning I saw this image on Instagram, and it spoke to me. I’ve shared with some close friends that it feels like I am climbing a very steep mountain right now. My 2020 was like everyone else’s, full of change, uncertainty, disappointment, and loneliness. In the past three to four weeks, it seems like there has been one piece of bad news after another. The climb is steep right now. But as I walked today, I was again reminded of the thoughts that I shared here on my blog yesterday, that while it may seem that the world is out of control, God is still 100% in control. He not only knows what is going on, He has known about it forever.
We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 4: 17: “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.”(CSB) This speaks of the rewards that we will receive when we someday see Jesus face to face. Our greatest reward will be to see His face, and then for me, the second greatest reward will be to hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
So, there is that eternal perspective and reward, but I also think that we will see rewards here in this life for our climb/labor. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” (CSB) If we are about the Lord’s business, then there will come a day that we will reap a harvest. We will reach the top of the mountain and the view will be glorious! The Bible is full of verses telling us of God’s faithfulness, love, and compassion. And if He loved us enough to die for us, would He abandon us on the side of our mountain helpless? No! A thousand times no!! We just need to keep walking, and sometimes climbing, by faith, and one day we will reach the top and the view will be gorgeous!!
And it is true, that during this difficult climb, the Lord has spoken to me so clearly and tenderly so many times. He has arranged respites along the way. I am closer to my Lord than I have ever been, and I have seen more of His hand at work than ever before. I think if I was given the choice to do it all over again, or not, that I would have to choose to do it again. I would not want to miss out on the glimpses that I’ve seen of my Lord’s power and glory.
Thank you to all of you who are my prayer warriors, and cheerleaders along my climb!