By Peter Michael Martinez
We all feel like giving up from time to time … No matter who you are or how your life has turned out, we all feel like giving up from time to time. There are moments in life that can be uplifting and exhilarating but they are often followed by moments of despair and and even depression.
We’ve all felt it. I know I certainly have. You get a great victory in an area or have a celebration and then there is the quiet and “normal life” that reminds you of the things not yet done or still dysfunctional in your world.
Perhaps you suddenly find yourself alone or without someone to really connect with you. Perhaps you feel like what you’re feeling is unique to you. Even within a relationship, there are moments when you’re going to feel like … “is this it?
Elijah the great prophet of God went through a very sobering time. He had just come from calling all of the nation of Israel to a meeting and he preached the sermon that summed up his ministry. He rebuked all of Israel for their spiritual adultery and challenged the false prophets of baal to the famous showdown between their god and YHWH, Elohim of Israel.
1 Kings 18:21 “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if YHWH be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
This the reality of the life of those whom have a calling and ministry. They are used by GOD to call groups large and small to repentance and revival and that is not always a popular job. In many cases, it can be the loneliest job in the world.
You’ll notice that “the people answered him not a word” and so it is that when you are representing and ministering things that are asking people to make up their minds and pick between sin and righteousness, there is often a silence as the weight of the moment dawns on those who are being drawn into that holy valley of decision.
For the prophet, this was a culmination and pinnacle moment that was an extraordinary moment of awakening. He was FULL of the FIRE of YHWH God and when he called down fire upon the sacrifice and YHWH God responded with FIRE such that it consumed the water soaked sacrifice, you don’t get any higher as a prophet of God.
What followed was what many of us face after we have a pinnacle moment in our lives. When we have a point of great exhilaration, it is often followed by the coming down to real life and the throws of the human condition. We all battle this same sense of discouragement at one time or another.
Consider that just a few days before the crucifixion, Jesus was hearing “Hosana, Hosana in the highest!” As he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane just a few days later, he was all alone and angels came and strengthened him for what lie ahead. How quickly life can change for all of us.
How to handle the shift
There is no easy way to go from pinnacle exhilaration to valley realization without impact. We all would love to hold on to the moments of exhilaration for much longer but that is what makes these moments so special. They are not common. When we have to come back “down to Earth” and remember the status-quot and living experience, it can be depressing compared to the feeling we enjoyed on the mountain top.
Since this is part of the normal ebb and flow of human life, how can we handle these shifts in such a way that allows us to fully drink in the pinnacle moments without “falling apart” when we come back down to Earth?
I believe that the answer lies in being wisely prepared for the winds of life, and remembering that the great pinnacle moment is coming to which no other great moments can compare. While we all want to drink deeply of the great success moments and times of happiness that interrupt the status-quot, we have to also remember that there is one coming that is beyond words.
When you know that after the party is over, there is the quiet job of cleaning up and life getting “back to normal” you embrace it and still enjoy the memories while slowly coming back down to Earth.
It is knowing that there will be more pinnacle moments that help us all. We all need something to “look forward to” that gives us that sense that there are more great moments yet to be enjoyed that help us with the more bland and even difficult days.
Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We must remember that the “everyday” is a cross we bear and the “hosana” moments are the pinnacle moments we all look forward to. No, we don’t live there everyday, but we can look forward to more by faith and ultimately, the great pinnacle moment for all believers when the KING returns to reign in Jerusalem.
Titus 2:13-14 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
When we are looking up for that GREAT PINNACLE MOMENT, it keeps all other moments of happiness, exhilaration and success in perspective that is healthy for us so that we do not fall victim of being tossed “to and fro” but instead, are steady and strong in good times and in bad.
As we look forward to that blessed HOPE that is the appearing of the KING through the clouds, all other experiences pale by comparison and while we can still enjoy other moments of joy and happiness along the way, give us a steady heart and sound mind as we endure the difficult roads we all have to walk this side of the New Kingdom.
So today, no matter where you are, be it pinnacle or valley, remember that your redeemer LIVES and is coming soon … and THAT MOMENT is a moment of exhilaration that will last …. Forever.