footprints along the beach...
In the Christian life we often speak of wanting ‘to move onto higher ground with God.’ How we long to live above the lowlands of life. We want to get beyond the common crowd, to enter a more intimate walk with God. We speak of mountaintop experiences and we envy those who have ascended the heights and entered into this more sublime sort of life.
Often we get an erroneous idea about how this takes place. It is as though we imagined we could be ‘air lifted’ onto higher ground. On the rough trail of the Christian life this is not so. As with ordinary sheep management, so with God’s people, one only gains higher ground by climbing up through the valleys.
Every mountain has its valleys. Its sides are scarred by deep ravines and gulches and draws. And the best route to the top is always along these valleys.
Any sheepman familiar with the high country knows this. He leads his flock gently, but persistently, up the paths that wind through the dark valleys. It should be noticed that the verse states, ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.’ It does not say I die there, or stop there—but rather ‘I walk through.’
….There is a second reason why sheep are taken to the mountaintops by way of the valleys. Not only is this the way of the gentlest grades, but also it is the well-watered route. Here one finds refreshing water all along the way. There are rivers, streams, springs, and quiet pools in the deep defiles.”
— W. Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
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Couldn’t resist sharing. The passion, sincerity, & anointing are unmistakable. Nothing beats seeing a generation of students in this way. My hope is that I’ll willingly offer myself in helping to raise up youth as I teach this next generation of students. I want to see revival. Purity. Respect. Honor. Truth. Sacrificial love. I want to see genuine Christ-followers.
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