hile traveling in Italy, my daughter and I climbed the Duomo in Florence. She warned me that the way up would be tight in spots, that the stairs were very uneven, and often people were crammed together in the small walkways, much like Pastrami in a Reuben Sandwich. On the climb up, my claustrophobic tendencies rose to the surface and I got very anxious and began to hyperventilate. Jennifer looked at me and said, "Mom, look up! There's a window right there. You can see the light."
Boy, isn't that like our Spiritual journey? Life comes at us and we get stuck in uncertain places. The way can be dark and windy, our path is uneven, and we find ourselves getting squeezed between rocks and hard places.
Good news! Our Father God in Heaven knew this would be the case, so He gave us wonderful words of encouragement:
"If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37:23-4
"Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." Psalm 25:3-5
And my personal favorite:
"... I will never leave you or forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
Today, wherever you are, remember the words of my daughter and look up. God is the window, and He's right above you ready to comfort you, encourage you, sustain you, and deliver you. All you have to do is call upon Him.
We made it to the top of the Duomo, and I'm glad I endured the climb: the view was amazing. And so was the experience.
Becki Swinyar Neff
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Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
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Then you will be able to test and approve what
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Romans 12:2 NIV
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