It’s like when you’ve been under water for a little too long, and you start to panic because you’re not sure if you’ll make it up to the surface. It begins to go red, and you are frightened, so you kick as hard as you can. Finally, you burst through and you inhale like you’ve never inhaled before, and you know that you’re going to be okay. This is how we must encounter God sometimes, we get into a rut and we are frightened, so we have to kick as hard as we can, but the difference is that Christ dives down to us and pulls us out. We are so alone without Him, and still we think that we can be happy with those who drown next to us. We must reach out, grab that hand and let Christ pull us to a better place. In the times of struggle, don’t hide from God, because He is our only rescue when we most need it; He is our only friend, when we are so alone; He is the one who knows all the pain and struggles we deal with! And still, He dives in, over and over again, rescuing all those who seek to survive.
Jesus is the only person that will heal us, save us, renew us, and ultimately love us. Gaze upon Him, and know that your standing is not based on what you have done, but by what He has done for you. This is the hope that you need, this is the air in your lungs, and this is the gospel that you must preach to yourself when all the world feels on fire.”
If just that little bit of your mountaintop experience can come into your valley period, that’s what’s going to help you to hold on. That’s what will get you through your very shakeable faith. No one ever told me this in church: but when I read the Bible, I know it’s not supposed to be an everyday rocked-out Christian life. There are days that will be rough, but just those few times in your life: remember how God spoke to you.”