Enjoying the view

The trouble with being on top of a mountain, is that the only way to go is down. The view when one finds oneself standing on top of a mountain is spectacular and breathtaking but eventually one has to make the descent.
There was a period in my life when I thought that I would be content to stay in level ground with no mountains and definitely no valleys. Time has brought me to the understanding that to attempt to live on level ground, is to miss out much.
While I don’t believe that we’re meant to make continual and rapid trips up and down the mountain, I think it’s right and good for us to spend time celebrating on top of the mountain, understanding that the experience is only for a season.
Our time in the valley, while perhaps not pleasant, is necessary. Looking back at some of my personal valleys, I find that I grew closer to my God, and learned the most in those seasons of my life.
Today, whether I’m on top of a mountain or down in the valley, I know that it’s only for a season. I’ve also learned that from deep in the valley I can still see the magnificence of the mountains. It’s my choice to look up.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. So true. LOVE this post!

  2. Beautiful, breathtaking view! Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve been up and down the mountains many times and each trip is a new life lesson to prepare me for the next.

  3. Beautiful……

  4. Great post! It’s amazing what you can see when you start looking “up.” 🙂

  5. Absolutely. It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn of late. Great post!

  6. Linda,

    I love reading your posts. They give me hope, inspiration and joy. I cry along with you, I laugh as well. Thank you for sharing everyday.

    Angela from angstorycorner

  7. You hit the nail on the head, my dear. We actually NEED those valleys, in order to fully appreciate the peaks. For example, would I take such exquisite pleasure in a Texas fall, if it didn’t follow on the heels of a tortuous summer? I think not!

  8. The mountains give us hope as we go through those vallies. Love the picture!

  9. Beautifully said. Thank you for sharing.

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