Just had a conversation over coffee, one of the kinds of conversations that reminds you why you exist on this planet. I’m prone to focus on my problems, my feelings, and my struggles, while the world around me is filled with people who are looking for community and connection and encouragement.
God has gotten his attention through a series of unfortunate events. We talked about how God’s greatest appointments come to us in the middle of our greatest disappointments in life. We talked about how those God greatly uses in life are those God greatly wounds. We talked about James 1:2, considering our trials as pure joy because of the transformation that comes from them. We talked about Romans 12:1-2 and reprogramming our minds to focus on what God is trying to say to us. Talked with a guy this morning who is at the bottom of life, in the deepest valley, so far down that the only way to hike is up. One thing he said really stuck with me:
“Is it hard for you to see the girl that you broke up with around?” I asked.
“I mean, it is, but this whole thing, you know, is so much bigger than my relationship, its so much bigger than anything else.”
Its funny how the more we focus on a life with God, all of our problems seem a little bit smaller. The more desperate we get for God, the less hungry we are for the things that we know won’t satisfy.
Its all a matter of perspective. In the valley, you can’t see as clear. On the mountaintop, you look back and realize how the journey has transformed you and look forward to new valleys for the same reason.