In his book “Ultramarathon Man,” Dean Karnazes describes the highest and lowest elevations of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile footrace through the mountains and valleys of the Sierra Nevada range in California. Dean said that the summit was breathtaking in every direction. At the bottom of the canyon, it was utterly stifling.
It’s interesting to note here how air is used to describe both an awesome and an unpleasant feeling. At the summit, Dean gasped in awe of the view; and at the lowest point, he actually gasped for air.
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To me, it shows how the air we breathe encompass us wherever we are – whether at a mountain top or at the depths of a valley. That’s how God is present in our lives – like the air we breathe – God is present at the highest and lowest point in our lives. Like the verse of the song, "God of the mountain is still God in the valley."
No matter how successful we are now, we all went through some rock bottom experience. A friend of mine recently went through a divorce, and then underwent a thyroid surgery, and a month later learned that he will be let go of his job. How worse can it get? It can feel overwhelming for anyone, but remember that God is with you in bad times as He was there for you in good times. When you feel like you are at an all-time low, gasp for God. With your faith in God intact, you can only get something good out of even the most difficult time in your life.
Even though I walk in the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil for you are with me. (Psalm 23:4)