We all know life is a series of ups and downs. Mountaintop. Valley. Plateau. Mountaintop. Valley. Plateau.
You get the point.
In all honesty, if it wasn’t for the valleys we wouldn’t learn to appreciate the mountain tops. And surprisingly, if wasn’t for the mountain tops we may not realize the need for the valley. Plateaus. Well, let’s just say that sometimes they are welcome respites, but not something to hang around in for very long.
Sunday was a mountain top. If you read this post, you know that for 17 weeks we were renovating our church building to give us more space. Sunday was our first time back in our own building. All I can say is
The atmosphere was sort of electric. And believe it or not, everything went off without a hitch. No sound problem. No music problem.
One Two slight Power Point errors. Sermon problems but we won’t go there! People excited to see the new place-most for the very first time. AND it rained! Significantly! That is the first one for us in about 2-3 months. Shoot, I have cut my grass more in the last 2 weeks than I have all summer. Bad part: it cuts into my riding time.
One thing I/we (leadership & Worship Team) try to be very aware of is not to allow “building worship” to take hold. We are not interested in extravagant. Our renovation is simple and plain. We went for the “industrial look,” but even with that it is easy to be enamored with the building. I stressed very hard to myself, and then to the Worship Team, that all eyes need to be focused on Jesus. We sang two new songs: “10,000 Reasons” and “Facedown” . If those songs don’t get a person focused I am not sure what will. All in all the day went very well (that preacher might need some help though).
Now…for my point. After every Mountaintop comes a lull, even a valley. I don’t know if it will come immediately or sometime down the road after our Celebration (23rd). We have probably all been there one time or another. High leads to a low. In some cases, a high leads to a crash. Knowing it will come is half the battle. Being prepared spiritually is the real answer. Lots of prayer. Time alone with God. Reflection. Worship. Focus. I would appreciate your prayers for me on that end.
Have you ever experienced the Mountaintop to Valley syndrome? How did you do? How did you handle it? How can I pray for you? Never hurts to have others on your side doing battle with you.
And to go along with this post, here is a moldy oldy from back in the 80s.