Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 9 Devotional: Back to Normal
November 12th, 2009
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By Elizabeth Goldsmith
“We were chosen for one thing in Marus. We must be chosen for something else here.” -Anna
Have you ever had an experience where you felt really close to God? Maybe at church or at summer camp? Those are called “mountaintop experiences,” probably because the top of a mountain seems like it’s closer to God. But they are called mountaintops for a good reason. You can’t stay on them forever! When you get back home from church or summer camp, sometimes it’s hard to hold on to that closeness you felt. Everything goes back to normal and it’s easy to wonder why you felt the closeness in the first place.
Mountaintop experiences are wonderful and they can be great times of growth in our relationship with God. But it’s important to remember that we won’t always feel that excitement that comes along with being on the mountaintop. Our feelings can change, but God doesn’t. We need to learn how to stay strong in our faith even when everything’s normal and the feelings of closeness aren’t necessarily there.
Anna and Kyle’s time in Marus was sort of like a mountaintop experience. The Unseen One gave Anna dreams and visions, and used Kyle to protect Darien. Even though their experiences were a little scary at times, The Unseen One became very real to them. When things changed, however, and the Unseen One stopped using them in those ways, Kyle began to doubt and even turned away from the Unseen One. Anna, however, stayed on the right track: she still trusted and followed Him even if she didn’t always feel His presence.
It’s easier to have faith when the feelings are there, and when God reveals Himself to you in big ways. Holding on to that faith when you’re back in your day-to-day life, however, is harder to do. Because we’re human, we won’t always feel like reading our Bibles or praying or going to church. It’s important, however, to do those things, to have a faith that’s strong in times of excitement and quiet. God calls us to be obedient in the exciting times and in the boring ones.
Have you ever had an experience where you felt really close to God? What did you do when things went back to normal? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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