Ever notice that once something is let go of, it’s harder to get back to it? Sometimes that’s a good thing, such as when God gives you victory over a bad habit and the habit becomes distasteful to you. But sometimes it happens when you let go of something good and find it hard to regain that good habit or experience. Life is full of ups and downs of all kinds.

Take my blog, for instance. I haven’t blogged for quite awhile, and it’s been even longer since I wrote with any regularity. During this time I was putting my energy into other pressing and important matters, but the fact remains that I lost the habit of blogging and have now found it hard to return!

This can happen with anything in life, including one’s spiritual life. Once you begin your journey with God, whether it’s a dramatic conversion experience or a quiet decision, the momentum is there and for awhile you may have found it relatively easy to keep going, to keep God in your thoughts, to have regularity in your daily time with Him. But if you ever let it go, it’s hard to return to the same level of excitement and intensity. Hard, but not impossible.

Throughout your lifetime you may have many of these ups and downs. I can pinpoint in my life mountaintop experiences with God, and also valleys where I wondered if He even cared. You’ve probably had those times, too. A really awesome thing is that He never leaves you during those “down” times. You just fall out of practice of being in tune with Him, and have to climb back up the mountain to where you were before. How much better to have stayed there in the first place!

John 15: 4,5 says,

IMG_3763“Abide (remain, settle in, continue on in the same way) in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

By remaining in Jesus – continuing on with Him as we have been – we can bear the fruit of that abiding and avoid many of the pitfalls of one who allows their spiritual life to be up and down. Stressed? Depressed? Lonely? Facing loss? Facing disaster? Jesus is the answer to all of life’s issues, and abiding in Him releases that answer into your life.

Sometimes it’s hard to maintain consistency with some things in life, like blogging. “Life happens” to knock us off track. But if we desire an abundant life the one thing that should never be off track is our relationship with God. No matter our schedule or what happens in our life, staying in tune with God, “abiding” in Him, must be the one consistent thing we do.

How about you? Have you had these ups and downs? What have you learned from them about staying with God?

Author's Bio: 

Pastor Sherry holds a Master of Divinity, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality. She has basic coach training from CoachNet, Discipleship Coach training from Blueprint For Life, and Christian counseling training from Deeper Walk International. Her specialty is the development of one’s personal relationship with God.