Downs and Ups

James 5:11 — We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful (NASB).

Two of the most beautiful sights in Yellowstone National Park are the Upper and Lower Falls. The Lower Falls are a little over 300 feet high (which is almost twice the height of Niagara Falls). There is a road that runs along the canyon’s ridge, so we were able to take pictures of the falls from various vantage points.

One place we stopped had a trail that leads to the brink of the Lower Falls. The trail is 3/8 of a mile one way, and it descends 600 feet over that span. Our entire family decided it was worth making the trip, so we all went down (including our young boys).

Everyone walked down with little difficulty, and the view was incredible! We all stood at the railing and watched as the water poured over the falls in front of us. I was even able to take a picture of a rainbow that had formed. It was a postcard setting with the canyon and river in the background. We took in the scenery for as long as our boys would allow and then started back.

3/8 of a mile down 600 feet one way meant 3/8 of a mile up 600 feet the other way. Suddenly, the excitement of getting up close and personal with the falls was gone. It was time for the chore of going back up.

Through that experience, God revealed to me that there are four different types of believers walking the trail of life. Most people start their relationship with God with great enthusiasm, but the results of their journeys vary considerably. Over the next several days, I am going to share with you about the four types of people that are hiking the trail of life. Pay attention because you’re one of them. May you be encouraged to finish, and finish strong.

1 Corinthians 4:12 — We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it (NIV).

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