Shelley’s presence changes everything for mom and all of us. It seems like we should have a party. Then again, my go-to is always celebration. Our perspective is changed when we celebrate in the midst of the hard stuff of life, remaining honest with the questions of why, acknowledging God is with us, realizing how magnificent it is to know we’re not alone.
God is moving us through the valley to the mountain, a memorable journey which gives reason to celebrate.
Admittedly, the path looks daunting at times; each step is a choice to believe. It’s the only way to move through the valley. I spend an inordinate amount of time with people who experience hard places of life on a daily basis. The difference between those who are stuck in the stuff and those who move forward comes down to the choice to take a step of belief. While the components of despair must be worked through, believing breaks off the power of despair.
Jesus said: “Don’t get lost in despair;
believe in God,
and keep on believing in Me”
(John 11:4, The Voice).
Jesus did not say we would not have despair, but to not get lost in it, turning to belief in God rather than in the power of the stuff we’re faced with. I know it’s far too easy to sink into difficulties and miss God’s work because we are in the deepest part of the valley, a pit of despair.
The thing is, we’re all a choice away from being in or out of the pit of despair.
Sometimes I repeat Jesus’ word, “believe,” activating my intention to believe, keeping me more focused on the direction Jesus asks me to go; however, mom is celebrating her belief by using thousands of words, as if she’s never talked before, bragging on God like no one else in this world. The whole point is to voice our decision to believe.
We intentionally celebrate as we move from the valley to the mountain, stepping away from despair to belief, giving a “yes” to God.
Learning to Kickstart the day with God,
From my journal, February 21, 2013.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)