My favourite David Bowie album is probably Ziggy Stardust, although my all time favourite Bowie track is Quicksand. One of the songs on Ziggy Stardust is ‘It Ain’t Easy‘. The first verse begins on the top of the mountain, looking out over the seas, but the chorus deals with the inevitable descent after a period on the mountaintop:
It ain’t easy, it ain’t easy,
It ain’t easy to get to heaven when you’re going down.
The second verse recognises that people having problems is nothing new, but states that ‘with the help of the Good Lord we can all pull on through.’ I find it interesting that heaven and God feature so often in rock songs, but I guess that even in all of his success David Bowie knew what it was like to live in the valleys, as well as on the mountaintop.
The fact is that life is a series of peaks and troughs. We can be up, and we can be down. Just like the stock market. Sometimes it is our fault and sometimes it is not. Regardless of fault or where the blame might lie there is almost always a way back up, however hopeless a situation may seem. The key is not to rely on human solutions to human problems, but to rely on the Good Lord.
In His wisdom the Good Lord gave us each other. From the moment that the first two humans shared forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden life was always going to be a struggle. But we struggle together, not alone. There are times when we delight in the sharing of mountaintop experiences, and there are times when we need to lean heavily on each other down in the valley. While the Good Lord also gave us His Holy Spirit, we must not forget the importance of mutual support, human encouragement, and the need to share not only the good times, but the burdens. The apostle Paul taught that we harvest what we plant. What’s growing in your garden?
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. (Galatians 6:1-3 NLT)