Perhaps one of the hardest things to do is to “come down” after a particularly good time.
Do you have that problem, too? You know, it’s like when you come back from vacation and face your real, mundane world again. It was so much fun not thinking about people and situations, wasn’t it? It was so much fun not having to be somewhere at a certain time and obligating oneself, wasn’t it? It was so much fun not having to go to work, to clean the house, and especially (for me, anyway), not having to cook the meals.
But believe it or not, being on vacation all the time would get kind of boring after awhile.
There’s something to be said about the “ordinaryness” of life.
For me, I adjust fairly quickly but do you know what really is a problem for me? It’s when I’m soaring spiritually and then crash land into reality. So many times, my “alone” time has been really special. I feel God’s touch so easily. I gain new insight so easily.
God and I solve everything so easily. And then I come down to earth as I encounter rude salesclerks, unanticipated interruptions, difficult relatives. Well, you understand completely, don’t you?
FLYING LIKE EAGLES
But something I read in Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost For His Highest, really helps me when this happens. It goes like this: (Some of this is paraphrased but ihere is the original.)
“There should be nothing between you and Christ. If there is, you must get through it by facing it. We have to mount up with wings of eagles; but we must also know how to come down. Because come down we will. The power of the saint lies in the coming down and living down.
Can I face reality or does that reality put me in a panic?”
So how do we come “down” after being “up”.
I think it’s always the same.
We simply have to remember that life is life because of the ups and downs, not in spite of them.
THE REALITY OF OUR FLIGHT
All we have to do is read the gospels and follow the life of Jesus to know this is true. There is no one in history that has been as much on a mountaintop as our Lord, and also in the deepest depths of despair.
- Jesus laughed and loved.
- Jesus got mad.
- Jesus cried.
- Jesus despaired.
- Jesus had times of great communion with God.
- Jesus felt abandoned by God at times
When we consider the life of Jesus, we have a clear example that, yes, it’s great to “fly”, but it’s more important to “walk”.
There will come a day when we will fly and fly only. Won’t that be wonderful? But for now, it’s just one step at a time.
God bless and I hope you have a good day.