You’re Journey – The Ups and Downs
Lately it seems that I am or have been thinking about my journey in life. Things keep reflecting back to the ups and downs of life. As time goes on, the highs and lows are not as big as they have been in the past. Life seems to have mellowed out, but there are still times the journey seems rugged.
I recently spent two weeks on a tour to Israel with 21 others. It was a memorable tour for sure! There are several things which I have reflected on but one thing keeps coming back to me. We spent several days in the wilderness and talked about the journey the early prophets walked. There were lots of mountains to climb and the areas were very hilly.
Trying to imagine what they went through is hard for me to imagine. After being there, it makes a lot of things easier to understand. But thinking about the ups and downs of their lives and trying to compare them to my ups and downs doesn’t seem to be right. As I was thinking of it, I as looking at it as a metaphor and comparing it to my life. With that being said, there really isn’t a good comparison but it got me thinking.
Our journey of widowhood (or the journey you are going through at this time) does have its ups and downs. God was faithful then and He is still faithful today. Genesis 12:1-2 tells us of God’s promise to Abram. It reads: Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing.
For those who know me, you know I am not one that has much endurance for physical activity. So this tour I was on, was a bit challenging! Thank goodness for those in the group who often became my cheerleaders. I was able to realize that God brings others into our lives to encourage us along the way…. To be there for us….. To pray with us….
As life goes on and as we walk our journey in life and we trust in God. Our ups and downs or highs and lows become less extreme. We will still have them, whether we like it or not. However, with our trust and faith in God, He is there for us each step of the way. Psalms 146:9 reads: The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow……
Patience is also something that is a hard lesson in life while walking this journey. We often want a quick fix and there isn’t always a quick fix. It’s a journey that we all walk on at a different pace. I would encourage you to share your story with someone going through what you are going through. Perhaps you can be the one who encourages someone going through this journey.
Blessings to you as you walk this journey.