A Steep Climb
We can all get what we colloquially term the ‘blues’. It can sneak up on us, and before we realize it we’re just plain sad. There’s no rhyme or reason to the feeling, it just is. We struggle to find an event or something that we can blame for our feelings. Feelings that are real, and although sometimes there’s a reason, sometimes there isn’t. There may be a physical reason like lack of sleep, or being hungry or something else that can cause our hormones to malfunction. There may be unreconciled grief or some other something that we don’t recognize as relevant, yet it is. What we do when the blues broadside us is the question. That climb can look so very steep. Psalm 27:13-14 MSG “I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.” Yes, that climb can look steep until we look up to find God. When we raise our eyes up, up to where our help comes from, we can take our first step. That first step means that we are on our way and God is holding on to us and we are covered by His Grace. God’s Grace means that we are able to take out our feelings and talk to God about them. God’s Word plainly speaks to us and urges us to ‘stay with God’. God never leaves or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8, Hebrews 13:15, Joshua 1:5 - just to name a few). Here in this verse God’s encouragement is that now, now after communicating with Him, now we will see more. We will be able to see the moments of exuberance. We will be uplifted, in small moments that will grow into bigger moments, if we only stay with God. God will see us through the lowest valley, and together, we will reach the mountaintop once again. Take heart, because everything is possible with God, even overcoming the blues.