by Darlene Stern
A gentleman once described to me what happens to a human body as it ascends to higher elevation. While the amount of humidity, air pressure and pollutants decrease with elevation, so also does oxygen availability. Though the air is cleaner, it requires more effort by the body to access enough oxygen to maintain normal bodily functions. If the ascent is too rapid, the body goes into oxygen starvation mode in which the lungs grasp for more air and the heart rate increases to pump enough oxygenated blood to all organs and extremities to sustain life.
The body is pre-programmed with an emergency stop. The brain sends an instant message, “Stop now!” via an instant headache. When the brain can no longer get enough oxygen, the body must halt its forward thrust in order to regroup. All that is required is to backtrack a few paces to a location before oxygen levels became too disparate for the body, pause and allow the body time to readjust. One can then proceed upwards at a more circumspect pace.
Sometimes when the Lord opens the door to a new facet of Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27), we want to plunge headlong into this new level of glory. But such is not ordained. We must take time to learn how to live in this new spiritual place. We must be willing to rise above (give up) the pollutants we’ve grown so used to, shucking them off one by one. We must be willing to live without the high pressure of the lower spiritual elevation, gradually growing accustomed to the liberty from those encumbrances which formerly weighed us down.
We must pause now and then to allow our spiritual body an opportunity to adjust to more of Him and less of us (John 3:30). No need to become distraught when in pursuit of the higher elevation, the Lord causes us to lie down in green pastures and sit beside still waters (Psalm 23:2) for a time. The purpose is to reevaluate and refocus our eyes on the ‘prize of the high calling’ (Philippians 3:14). If He ordains a pause, we know for certain that the times and seasons of our lives are in His hands and His thoughts toward us are of peace and an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). Only good can come of that.
Darlene Stern is housewife who first came to know the Lord in her late 30’s. From the time He began to touch her life, Darlene has pursued Him with passion and an unquenchable thirst to know Him more and more. He has not disappointed her! You can reach Darlene at firstname.lastname@example.org.