I’ve never been a big believer in the idea that the Christian life is to be moving from one spiritual/emotional moment of joy and “feeling” of God’s presence to another, in ever increasing degrees. “Mountaintop” Christianity doesn’t really seem to work—if for no other reason than it doesn’t see the value of the valleys.
They’re something to be glossed over, or moved through quickly. We pretend they don’t exist, whenever possible. They’re the “rock bottom moment” in our testimonies, but after that, Christianity is all rise (like a good mixtape). And when we find someone who has been stuck in one for a significant period of time—and maybe that person is us—we don’t know what to do. So how about this?
While the mountaintops are nice, we need to remember that God meets us in the valley, too. He isn’t waiting for us to pick ourselves up by our spiritual bootstraps, dust ourselves off, and climb up to him. He comes down to us. Wherever we are, in whatever situation we find ourselves in, he is there. He is not absent, despite how we might feel.
Maybe you’re feeling this right now, dear reader. Maybe you’re in a season where you feel weary, despairing or simply stuck. If you are, I want you to know: you are not alone. Whether you feel like he is or not, God is there with you now. God is the comforter of the downcast (2 Corinthians 7:6). He hears the cry of the afflicted (Psalm 10:17). No matter what your heart tells you right now, he will never, ever abandon you (Hebrews 13:5). He will meet you in the valley, and someday the darkness will lift.