Have you ever met someone and knew right away that you were going to be good friends? I’ve had that happen only a few times in my life. When we bought our first house years ago the first neighbor to ring the doorbell and welcome us was one of those people. We’re still good friends today and I just love and adore everything about her. She has brought so much good to my life and I am so thankful and grateful for her. She’s the one who helped me the most on my spiritual journey, even though she didn’t know it till much later. She was a faithful Christian and recognized that I needed that in my life, too. But, she never pushed it on me. I’m very thankful for that as I don’t like for anyone to push anything on me. Religion was #1 on my “don’t push it on me” list for many years. Had she pushed instead of gently guided like she did I doubt I’d be where I am today. I believe God used her to gently guide me and point me to the direction I needed to go. I found out later that she had prayed for me many times in church. That means so much to me to know that someone cared enough about me and my spiritual well-being that they would stand up in front of everyone and pray for me. That’s the kind of friend I wish everyone had. There should be more people like her in this world.
When I told my friend about The Micah Principle and how it had come to me under what I felt was divine inspiration she agreed and said “It was God who put that idea there”. That made me feel good to hear someone else think the same thing I did. When I explained to her what The Micah Principle was she described it as a guideline to live by. That’s a good description I think. She’s one of the few people who “get it” when I talk about things. Again, she’s a good friend to have and I thank God all the time for sending her into my life.
She texted me last night to tell me she had attended a special worship service at her church where the pastor asked people to share certain scriptures that God may be laying on their hearts. Those are her exact words, too. She said a woman got up and tearfully read 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. My friend said she thought of me right away and what I was going through as well as herself in regards to work issues. I had to look up the scripture and when I did I was really struck by what it said: 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. “For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Those are some powerful words and they are so true.
For many years I’ve had this analogy for your struggles–When you have troubles in your life you feel like you’re at the bottom of a very large mountain. You feel like you can’t go on and that mountain in front of you is a million miles high. But, to get through your struggle you must climb that mountain. That mountain is never easy. It can be a treacherous climb. You may fall down on the way up, sometimes more than once. You will certainly feel like giving up, but you can’t. Giving up will never get you to the top and on the other side where you need to be. This is where faith comes in. It takes faith to start the ascent and continue the climb. It takes faith to get back up again after you fall, each and every time. It takes faith to believe you can reach the mountain top. On your journey up that mountain there will be many times where you’ll wonder if you are ever going to reach the top. I can tell you, if you keep going you WILL reach the top. When you do reach the top and stand on the peak of that mountain and turn around and look back you won’t believe how far you’ve come. When you turn back around and start your descent down the other side of the mountain you’ll be stronger than you were before. You’ve become stronger because of your weakness. You faced your battle head on and came out victoriously on the other side. Feeling that victory renews you. It makes you stronger for the next battle you’ll face.
I’ve climbed plenty of mountains over the years. Some of those mountains looked so high I didn’t even know how I’d make it over them. Somehow, though, I did make it over them. I’m climbing one of those seemingly insurmountable mountains right now. It’s quite a scary mountain and it’s got a really firm grip on me. I keep telling myself though that I CAN and I WILL get to the top. Faith is what keeps me going. That and the fact that I grow stronger from overcoming my weaknesses. The old saying that “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is absolute fact. Somewhere on a bunch of mountain tops there are victory flags with this written on them waving in the wind with my name on them. I have faith that I’ll be planting one on the top of my current mountain soon.