I was leaving from a place of less than 1,000 feet above sea level to over 5,000 feet. Talk about extremity in a matter of travel hours. In preparing for my journey, I researched the city, culture, cuisine, and climate. I was advised to prepare for extra water intake, sunscreen, and extreme temperature changes of day and night. As well, I prepared for altitude sickness, but in all my preparation, I still had adjustments. Nothing like the real experience.
My breathing was heavier while I walked on flat lands. Dry throat along with periods of dizziness and exhaustion were my initial physical reactions in the first few days. My sleep patterns changed too. I also processed information and details quicker. As the days progressed, the physical reactions in my body leveled, but the requirements for living at an elevated state were still intact.
Elevation means “a height above a given level.” In viewing the definition from a life perspective, whenever one experiences an elevation in our spiritual growth, ministry, or assignment, there are adjustments and changes necessary to sustain that elevated state. Living your life with the same faith and spiritual practices at higher altitudes will create unnecessary illness, distraction, and hardship. Elevation requires not only a physical but a mental adjustment. More discipline, extra care for the body, and greater stamina are also required.
Oftentimes we realize God has granted an elevation in our lives, but we have haphazardly prepared. Moving higher requires us to take in deeper breaths of God grace and depend upon His provision for survival and sustainability.
Drink more from the fountain of life, and exercise your faith to remain fit for the lifestyle. More is given to us, and more is required of us.
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