I once lived in Vail, Colorado, spending the winter snow skiing to my heart’s content. While riding up the lift with other skiers, it was common practice to exchange greetings. Upon disembarking at the top, we would then head our separate ways, swooshing down the snowy slopes. Just prior to this, though, with one final push away from the moving seat, we would wave each other off with a round of parting remarks. My favorite one, which I heard numerous times, was “Top of the morning to you!”
On Top of the World, Yet God was Left Out
While living there, I did feel on top. I had moved during a time of indecisiveness about God’s direction for my life. Since He had not answered as quickly or how I wanted, I impulsively left where I was living, and headed for the hills. In Vail, I felt carefree and on top of the world. Sadly, due to hurt feelings over God not answering me, I had left Him at the bottom of my priorities.
On Top of the World, But Miserable
I soon discovered that life does not go well without God. Fortunately, the Lord did what He always does with His children, and lovingly wooed me back. However, when I did return from my wanderings, I had to admit my pride. Pride is what convinced me that I could make it without God. Pride is what stole my allegiance away from Him, and placed it on self. Pride is what separated me from God’s presence, and is what I missed most from being apart. I realized that without God, I was miserable.
Letting Go of Pride on Top of the World
In order to draw near to God, we must demonstrate humility. God desires a contrite heart; but He resists the proud.
“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” – Psalm 51:17
This brokenness is not a groveling in the dirt before God. Instead, it is a bowing of one’s heart and earnestly seeking His mercy, such as with the woman caught in adultery. Her tears on His feet were evidence of a repentant heart, grateful for God’s forgiveness. Pride blocks God’s presence, but humility warmly ushers one near.
Nearer to God Makes Every Day Feel Tops
When I look back on my winter in Vail, I have good memories of the skiing. Every day spent frolicking in the snow made me feel like I was on top of the world. Every time I viewed God’s grandeur in those pristine Rocky Mountains, though, He gently reminded me to come back to Him. To draw near to Him again, I had to let go of my pride, and let Him reign. Remarkably, with God again the top priority of my life, and by staying close to Him, I have the same exuberant joy as when I was out skiing. It is as if I can hear God whisper, “Top of the morning to you!”
God is always calling. What is keeping you from drawing near to Him today?