By Debbie Petras
There are times when life seems to be going along well. Maybe you’re in one of those seasons. You know, the kids are behaving and doing well in school. The bills are getting paid and you’re able to take family vacations. Or maybe your children are grown and it’s a good time for you and your husband.
I remember a season in my life when life seemed very good. I was living in my dream home. I was able to retire from my nursing career and spend time on activities I’d postponed for years. I volunteered and taught children in a weekly international Bible study. Vacations in Europe, a new car and beautiful clothes were the order of the day. I loved to be able to help my family and provide the extras for my parents. I was so grateful to Jesus. I thanked Him for the blessings in my life. I appreciated all I’d been given. I didn’t take it for granted.
But life doesn’t always continue on the mountain. Sometimes we go through valleys.
I was reminded of a song I love by Lynda Randle called “God on the Mountain”.
Life is easy, when you’re up on the mountain
and you’ve got peace of mind, like you’ve never known.
But things change, when you’re down in the valley.
Don’t lose faith, for you’re never alone.
For the God on the mountain, is the God in the valley.
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right.
And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day is still God in the night.
We talk of faith way up on the mountain.
Talk comes so easy when life’s at its best.
Now down in the valleys, of trials and temptations
that’s where your faith is really put to the test.
There was a day when my life seemed to turn upside down. Gone was the dream home. Gone were the vacations. Gone was leisure time. There were days when I cried myself to sleep. Where would I live? Would I have to go back to work? I’d been retired for so many years that my nursing license wasn’t up to date.
What was I to do in this valley as life became tough?
I turned to the Lord; to my Savior and Protector. He had been with me through the good times. And He is with me through the struggles and tough times. Yes, my faith has been tested through these trials but I know whom I believe.
“But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.” 2 Timothy 1:12 ESV
It’s been four years since my life totally changed. And I can say that I still worship Jesus Christ. He has been my Rock and my shelter through the storms.
What does my life look like now? I live in a very small condo. I go to work every day in a different profession. I work in a private school setting with preschool children. I no longer go on trips to Europe. I don’t go shopping very often except maybe Costco. My car has over 100,000 miles. I’m writing a book. I love to photograph children and landed my first paying job last weekend.
God is so good. Through the trials He has comforted me. And He is opening doors that I would never have envisioned for myself.
So let me ask you a question. What do you do when life gets tough? Where do you go for help?
“For the God on the mountain, is the God in the valley.” Don’t ever forget that!
Debbie Petras is originally from Long Island, New York but she and her husband Greg now live in Arizona. She worked as a cardiovascular nurse for many years but currently works with preschool children. Debbie was greatly influenced by her Christian grandparents but spent many years living a life that didn’t reflect her belief in Jesus. At her grandmother’s funeral, Debbie felt the Lord speaking softly to her heart. She returned to church and began reading her Bible. Life began to change as her love for Jesus grew and began to spill over to others. Matthew 5:16 became one of her favorite Scriptures “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” She enjoys sharing her faith and writing on her blog Heart Choices as she inspires and encourages others.