June 22, 2015
This past weekend I went on a beach trip with my youth group in Garden City, SC. It was both eye-opening and humbling; the wonderful people I met, the connection I felt with God, and getting through one of the most hardest days yet, through the help of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have never felt so close with a group of people before, and I have never felt so close and intimate with My God either. It honestly and truly was a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait until next year!
One thing that stuck out to me was one of the staff members at the Chapel we were staying at, who we prayed with before we left this afternoon, he asked God to bless us with a long-term spiritual high, and it got me thinking. Call me THAT person, but what is a spiritual high? Where do we get them, how long should they stay? Are they even a real thing? Alright, how about spiritual lows? Is it possible to ignore or forget them? What can we turn to in our time of need, or in time of doubt, sadness, anxious feelings? Yo, what is the dealio???
What is a spiritual high? I feel that everybody’s ‘definition’ of a spiritual high will be different, but here’s my take on it: Sometimes we feel so close to The Lord we could sing, although sadly, it is not always the case we feel so content with everything in our lives, just because it is not possible. It be like that sometimes. However, The Lord is always great to us. Whether we see it or not, He always is. Always. Always, always. I noticed that being in such a chill atmosphere away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life put me in an amazing(ish) mindset and set me wanting to read, read, and read my bible some more. I found myself praying and thanking God more than asking Him for things, (which is not a huge problem, but there should be somewhat of a balance) I didn’t find myself at ‘sin’s door’ as often and was not tempted as I am at home. The biggest problem I faced was if I wanted to go to the beach or the pool. We had jam seshs daily, I noticed I started to sing more and more, boldly and proudly to my Jesus. I participated more in bible study, the list could go on and on about how content I felt this weekend. It helped me to fully realize how much God has blessed me in life, with my amazing brother and sisters in Christ, new friends, my youth leader, and a beautiful life.
Let’s be real–Spiritual highs don’t last forever. I am not one for negative nancy talk, but if you have been reading my blog posts for awhile now, you know I get REAL. Life is life for a reason, you are going to be pushed and pressured and played with to no ends, some days will feel endless and you will stand there, asking God, “why, God? What did I do to deserve this? Why are you pushing me to my breaking point?”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
God is not going to put you through so much suffering, pain, hurt, for no reason. He has such a sweet promise for you if you just PUSH THROUGH. He will not put you through anything you cannot handle. He is the only One who knows you, better than yourself. He knows your struggles, sins, temptation, the hair on your head, EVERYTHING.
How can I combat spiritual lows? A main thing which is something that should be happening daily is pretty point blank, but prayer can mend the harshest wounds. Just talking with God, thanking Him for all He has done, asking Him for help, (although He already knows)
- 1 Peter 5:7 (ESV) Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
- Philippians 4:13 (ESV) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
- Romans 8:18 (ESV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
- Romans 8:39 (ESV) Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- 1 John 5:4 (ESV) For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–OUR FAITH.
***(faith)-walk by faith, not by sight***
FROG–FULLY RELY ON GOD
Don’t give up. Do not give up. It is going to get hard. Nothing will always go right in life, you will be tried so much. But do NOT give up. The Lord loves you. He loves you. You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. I am praying for everyone who is reading this, who is having a rough night, a rough day, rough week, even if you are having an amazing time right now. He loves you. Goodnight, y’all.
Ignore temptation, you will likely fall into it, but you can be stronger than temptation! You can fight it, knowing that you can beat it NO MATTER HOW HARD. You are prayer warriors, children of God, and He cares for you.