Monday, May 18, 2009
Our Companion Stress
I have been praying today about a mountain in my life I am having difficultly climbing, I feel like my knees and ankles are giving out, and I am considering letting go. I have been praying all morning asking God to give direction on whether I should push in with stress and continue to climb, or let go. My mind and feelings at the moment want to take the easy way by releasing the mountain.
Have you ever climbed a mountain? If you do not have a firm commitment, strong knees, ankles, and arms you will not make it to the top! I have experienced it personally and you never forget the climb, even if you don't make it to the summit.
As usual right after I prayed, and spoke my concern to my husband and close friends a revelation entered my life. I opened an email from my aunt with a link to a web page titled Enjoy the Ride. If you have a moment it is worth taking a few minutes to view. I am still on the theme the Climb, by the way, Miley's video is amazing and the words go deep into the heart, I have watched it at least 30 times.
What stood out for me from Enjoy the Ride was: "Remember you are blessed to be stressed." A few month's ago, I visited a man in his early 70's who was dying with cancer.
As we shared our stories, he asked me how I was doing in my life. I shared with him how there were issues in my life that were causing stress. His reply startled me. He looked at me and with a soft voice said, "Robin, I wish I had the strength and blessing to get stressed." I was speechless after his reply, and left his room with a deep thought to mediate upon. He has since passed away, but today I was reminded of his startling words.
I am blessed! I am still alive and still have strength to hold on. I need to keep pushing in even if stress is my companion on the climb. I will make it, if I don't and fall off the cliff, well at least I tried! Life is about embracing the story before us, loving others and self well, and keeping our faith in Christ.
What mountain are you facing today that would be nice to let go of, but in your heart you know you need to continue pushing forward?
How do you view stress at this moment in your life? Is stress a companion to push you forward as a blessing, or an enemy who is stopping you from pushing in and growing?
I went back and watched the video, Enjoy the Ride again, and what the quote actually said was: "Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed." Yes we are, but stress still comes and we need to have a good perspective on whether it is a companion or foe.
Tim Challies had a great comment concerning his journey with memorization: "The great joy I've found in memorization is not in the future but in the present--in the actual moment of memorizing. As great as it is to be able to bring Scripture to mind at a future date, even better is having the structure around which I pause often to meditate on a new passage, repeating it over and over, looking for its meaning, looking for its nuances."
Our journey in life is like this, we need to take time pause and ask God what is He doing and where is He leading...
Love to all,
P.S The picture is of mountains near Mount Robson just after Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.