Bible Reference: Matthew 11:28-30

This article first appeared in our Spring 2013 newsletter.

Last week I took on the challenge of ascending Steamboat for the first time. Since I arrived to MWSB pregnant and have since spent my days with my sweet little Kade, I haven’t had the opportunity or desire to attempt the climb. I finally talked myself into it this past Saturday and went with one of the girls from my Bible study group, Danae Tanner, who had been up several times earlier this year. It had snowed the weekend before, so I was a little worried about this wintery journey I was about to embark on. 

I was soon grateful for the small fitness attempts I had made the past few months as the climb steepened and the snow was deep, making our progress very difficult.  Soon into the hike my muscles began to burn and my heart beat fast. I struggled on and off as there were occasional surprises of sinking deep into the snow, but we kept moving. The most painful moments of the three hour journey was definitely at the base of the rock cliffs where it felt like we had not moved despite our constant hiking motion.  I was tempted several times to just sit down in the deep, soft snow and fall asleep on that peaceful and impossible mountain. Despite this feeling we pushed up and on and finally reached our goal.

As I descended with ease down the mountain I thought of how God had used the difficult times in my life to show me areas of weakness and how, after the pain subsided, a new, stronger relationship with Him emerged, one with ease and one hoping in the things of His Kingdom rather than my own.

There are not many better feelings in the world than taking the last step of a huge feat and seeing the reward of all the work put forward. We turned to see the beautiful and endless landscape of rolling mountains and thousands of trees decorated white with snow. 

The day before I had been talking about the painful process of sanctification with my husband, and as I hiked down the mountain I couldn’t help but compare the two. The initial realization of sin in my life and seeing its effect on others hurts. It stings my pride and puts a decision in front of me to either push through the pain and follow Jesus or to do what feels good for me at the moment and refuse the fire. As I look back on my short life experience, it is so clear to see the rewards I have received from following Jesus and how, in the end, there is sweet satisfaction by His grace from the hardships. 

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

As I descended with ease down the mountain I thought of how God had used the difficult times in my life to show me areas of weakness and how, after the pain subsided, a new, stronger relationship with Him emerged, one with ease and one hoping in the things of His Kingdom rather than my own.

This has been my prayer: Lord, help me to push through the painful process of seeing sin in my life and to look towards the satisfying, mountaintop perspective of being more like You and building Your Kingdom. Thank you for the blessings You give for a life seeking after You. Amen.

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Christine Fallon

Christine is a former staff member of C Bar N/MWSB Ministries. She is married to Zach and has three kids: Kade, Owen, and Vienna. You can follow her on instagram @zcfallon.
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