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Growing up on the plains of West Texas is pretty much the same one
place as it is another. The land is flat-everywhere. No hills, mesas or
mountains, just flat land. The folks that live out there have learned that
if you add a little water to the flat land, it makes a pretty good place
to plant cotton. And that's what they do. Farming and ranching fuels the
economy. There isn't tourism where I grew up, after all, who wants to see
flat land? On a clear night we could see the glow from the big city some
90 miles south of us. We can see a long way out there-no mountains to obstruct
Now, I don't want to give you the wrong impression-not all the land
is flat. Just to the East of where I grew up is the Caprock-a beautiful
system of canyons that plunges into the earth-an inverted mountain of sorts.
From the top of the caprock, it is easy to see different colors of soil
and rock layers, vegetation and wildlife. I can still close my eyes and
I don't know if it is growing up a flatlander or not, but I have the
unreal expectation that my spiritual life will always be level. But it
isn't. My spirituality has its ups and its downs. It has moments when I
soar and other moments when I struggle. How about you? Are you always on
a spiritual high? Or are those moments mixed with lows too? Are there other
times that are just sort of flat?
Isaiah made a promise to those who would pray, he wrote, "But they that
wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Whether you're soaring with eagles, running or struggling to walk without
fainting, God has promised to renew your strength if you'll pray.
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