Our lives are like hiking through the mountains. We struggle to climb a mountain: pay off a debt, endure an illness, suffer a job loss. When we reach the peak life is easier: the debt is paid, health restored, we find employment.
Going down the mountain is a piece of cake compared to climbing up. But at the end is another valley: another trial, challenge, problem, etc. The answer is at the top of the next mountain and we start climbing and struggling again.
We foolishly think the top of the mountain is a plateau and we will always be this well off. We are totally shocked when the next challenge comes.
We need to live expecting challenges:
- Be frugal; and save as much money as possible.
- Take care of our bodies.
- Work hard at our present job.
Only God knows what is ahead.
Ecclesiastes 7:14, “When times are good, you should be cheerful; when times are bad, think what it means. God makes them both to keep us from knowing what will happen next.”
“Blessed Be the Name of the Lord”