They represent the highest and the lowest points in the contiguous United States (i.e. the “Lower Forty-Eight”). The highest point is Mount Whitney, California, which ascends 14,505 feet (formerly measured at 14,496 feet) above sea level. The lowest point is Badwater Basin, Death Valley, also in California, which descends 282 feet below sea level.
What is most remarkable about these two dramatically different geographical features is that they are only about 83 miles from each other – as the crow flies. That’s right. While we might expect these points to be in totally different regions of the country, a thousand miles apart, Mount Whitney and Death Valley are so close they are in easy view of each other. So if you ever find yourself in the depths of Death Valley, don’t despair. The towering heights of Mount Whitney are not far off.
The same is certainly true of our moods and our circumstances. If we’re down in the dumps with our feelings, we’ll feel better soon. If we’re down on our luck, God will turn our night into day. It’s imperative to remember this if we are to survive adversity. For one of the great temptations in times of depression is to believe that we’ll never see happiness again, or that we’ll never know success or ever find love.
But God has a blueprint for your life; a plan to bless you beyond anything you could ever imagine. Perhaps this present chapter of your life is a painful one.
But the Divine Author of your life’s story has many more chapters in store for you. He will lead you to a glorious conclusion.
In the Scripture King David wrote, “His anger is only for a moment, but His mercy endures forever; weeping may endure for the evening, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Oh, yes. It’s that close. So don’t lose hope.
Dear Father in heaven, thank You that I am never beyond the reach of Your love and that You walk with me in my times of darkness and despair. Please, dear Lord, sweeten my bitterness of soul, turn my night into day, and renew my faith in You. Amen.