Today they are up. Tomorrow they might be down. Christians are often poor followers of the way of Jesus. We are irradically emotionally driven and we don't do well at pursuing in times of trouble. Mostly this is because of the kind of faith we practice. We long for experiences. At first, those spiritual ones are amazing- the exhileration of salvation, the intimacy of prayer, the power of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. But eventually, the new found exhileration wears off. Many believers bounce back to the world to satisfy their "experience jones". They fall away from the Lord and pursue other expereinces. It is unbalanced, irrational, and unhealthy.
"Spiritual breathing, like physical breathing," said Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, "is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure, an exercise in faith that enables you to experience God's love and forgiveness and walk in the Spirit as a way of life."
"But the average Christian does not understand this concept of spiritual breathing as an exercise of faith and, as a result, lives on a spiritual roller coaster. He/she goes from one emotional experience to another living most of his life as a worldly Christian, controlling his/her own life--frustrated and fruitless."
Perhaps that is why so many chase after the latest guru. Looking for an experience that doesn't require much diligence. here is the bad news. The longer you walk with the Lord, the novelty of the spiritual experiences wears off. Not that I don't, after almost 3 decades, enjoy the times of intimacy , refreshing, spiritual infilling that I receive... but the trouble spots in my life (and many others!) are involved with areas of of active obedience. When I live for Christ- I put away my hunger for "highs" and "mountain top experiences" and concentrate on obedience and pleasing God. The funny thing is that when we please God and when we are obedient is when we have the best experiences with God!
So if your on a holy Roller Coaster Ride- get off. Live for Christ in the daily decisions of what you will think on, managing your life's mission of bearing testimony to Jesus, and loving others noticably. As you step out in those areas you will be surprised at the exciting presence of God you will feel in your every prayerful step.