Down In The Valley
Mountains signify a place of revelation. We are better able to chart our journey with Christ when we are high on the mountain. Valleys are where we learn more about ourselves and God. We can't necessarily map out where we are heading, as our viewpoint won't allow us to.
A good friend called me recently, and he said, "I'm not trying to get you to leave the valley, I'm trying to point you towards the mountain." I appreciated this statement because sometimes when we are in the valley, we aren't ready to leave. It helps to be encouraged and directed to stay on the path towards the mountain. He also said when we are in the valley, we learn and grow the most. I do know when I face trials; this is when I feel Jesus' presence the most. Maybe that's why I'm not ready to leave the valley. I realize God is with me, and I like having that closeness. Being in the valley isn't easy, and I believe God understands our different emotions during this time. What is essential is that we take those emotions to Him. Let him comfort us and strengthen us as well as teach us.
I don't know how far I'll have to travel in this valley, but I know there's a mountain up ahead. I also know God will get me there and equip me with what I need to face any perils I will face.
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4).