When the Going Gets Tough…
Last summer, on a Sabbath afternoon, a group of people from my church and I decided that we would hike up a nearby mountain. I was fairly excited to go to that particular mountain because it just so happened to be my favorite to hike. I’d hiked it many, many times in years’ past, and it hadn’t been the most difficult of climbs. I hadn’t exactly done much physical activity over the summer, so I was a bit out of shape.
At the base of the mountain,the summit didn’t look too far away. Once we were halfway up the now steeper-looking slope though, I was ready to hike back down. The path seemed to go for miles and was beginning to resemble Jacob’s ladder more and more.My steps slowed more and more until finally I had to start taking short breaks. A few times I had to run ahead only to sit down for a longer while.
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, I finally reached the top. I felt like rallying to my knees and kissing the ground at that point, but decided on just laying down instead. The wind seemed to give me energy and after a few minutes of laying down I took to a rather large boulder and leaned into the breeze, feeling more alive than I had in the longest while. You know what’s funny about conquering a mountain? After all the struggle and suffering and pain, you get to see the beautiful and refreshing view.
No one said being a follower of Christ would be easy. The mountain I climbed was very much like the life of Christians today; when the going gets tough, the tough get going. 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV) reads, “These (trials) have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
Even though life is a clear challenge, with new ones always waiting around the corner, the trials come for a reason; God wants to know if you really mean what you claim to be. Live up to your title as a Christian, be a good example to others, stick to the word of your mouth and people will respect you. And lastly, keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t lose sight of your reward and think of the beautiful view you will have from the foot of the throne of God.
Everyone has a trial in which they’ve gone through. Whether big or small, the challenge will bring us closer to our goal. Let us know about a “mountain” in which you have conquered in the comments below!