The Hill

November 2, 2011
by Julie Bowles

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV)

Just over seven months ago, I embarked on living a healthier lifestyle. With this has come a loss of seventy pounds and a much healthier me. Though the journey has been at hard at times, it has also been very rewarding. I have become very active, first with walking and aqua-fitness, and then biking. It is through the biking that I have noticed some very significant changes in my fitness level. I recently biked from our town to another town and back, a ride of forty kilometres. It was during this ride that the Lord spoke to me about a few things. He reminded me of one of my first bike rides about three months before, on which I was just riding in our general area and avoiding anything that resembled a hill. He reminded me of how I got off my bike and walked one particular hill. Since this time, I have progressed, and almost no hill is beyond my trying. Since that day, I have not walked my bike again.

As I reflected on this, I saw some very close parallels to our walk in the Lord. How many times we look at something in our life and think, This hill is too much for me to manage, and we turn around and go the other way or find another route. I am sure that if we could see into the situation a little more clearly, we would see the Father with outstretched arms encouraging us to move up the hill towards Him.

Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV)

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to move forward always in a path towards You. Help us to focus our eyes on You in all situations of life. Help us to navigate the hills of life with You as our focus. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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