This morning, a friend of mine posted an incredibly poignant blog about the mountains we face in our lives. You can read it at http://www.discoveringauthenticworship.com/blog/faced-any-mountains-lately

I truly hope that he is ok with me adding this personal addendum to his post. As I read his words about the mountain of our sinful nature, I was so encouraged by the reminder that in Christ’s power, we are able to speak to the mountain and overcome it. I’m sure each of you have faced many mountains, trials, storms, and anything else that you want to label difficult experiences in life. We want nothing more than to get past the mountain and sometimes we miss the opportunity to learn what God has for us in the difficulty.

2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4(ESV)

There is so much that can be learned from our difficult times, but I fear that our desire to get past that stage of life hinders us from fully gleaning the wisdom that God has for us in those moments. We like to think of God revealing Himself to us in the good times. We envision blinding light, angelic music, and the magnificent glory that only He can bring. Do we ever stop and think that maybe in the midst of our darkest hours, that He is right there with us? He not only wants to carry us through those circumstances, He wants to impart wisdom to us that we can only understand in hardship.

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote a song based on a devotional out of Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest entitled ‘Do You See Jesus In The Clouds.’ I would like to leave you with the song.

PS – Matt, thanks for allowing God to speak through your writing. Hope you don’t mind this brief add-on.

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