“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;” (James 1:12 NAS)
Walking is my second favorite exercise. I’m returning to walking daily because our local swimming pool is closed for the winter (my favorite form of exercise).
My walking route is on the dirt road in front of our house and is certainly not level. I go down first, up a little hill, down again, and so on. Each day, as I retrain my muscles, I’ve been adding a new uphill to the course.
Today, as I began to mount the new hill, I realized that my life is very much like my walking route – down and up, down and up. The up portions take more effort than the down.
This morning as I topped the new hill and turned to look at the return route, it looked like smooth sailing. Even though I knew there were hills to climb, the perspective of looking back didn’t show it.
As we move along on our journey in our lives, we encounter uphills and downhills. Going downhill is pleasurable, a relief. The uphill can seem never-ending. When we get to the top though, we can look back and it doesn’t seem so bad after all.
We see once again that God has brought us to the top.