“One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memories of what one saw higher up.” Rene’ Daumal
Life is filled with peaks and valleys, triumphs and seeming disasters. So often we find ourselves overwhelmed and questioning whether we really experienced that previous great moment, Did that really happen? When we find ourselves in a dark place, struggling to plow through pain or difficulties it’s vitally important to remember what we saw from the heights or we can get lost, not being able to see the forest for the trees!
Psalm 121 speaks to this: I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
The greatest blessings and challenges that have come to me recently have come through the writing of An Alaskan Life of High Adventure. Finding myself facing a current challenge in life, the Lord asks me, “Do you really believe what you wrote in that book? He causes me to consider how He has delivered me in miraculous ways from past life-threatening problems and I am encouraged to trust Him for both today and tomorrow.
The effect of remembering the mountaintop is a refreshed faith, a “Peace that passes all understanding,” and freedom from fear and worry in the valley.