While we all would rather reside on the mountaintop, your valley experience can be a place to focus on God and His protection. While in the valley ask God for revelation and understanding. Don’t faint and give up! Are you ready to leave the valley and climb up to the mountain?
Psalm 23 (NKJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
After six months, three-hand surgeries and one knee surgery, I admit I questioned God’s timing, Just as one hand was healing, I fell and broke a bone in my other hand. I needed to cancel important future opportunities and I was becoming weary of casts, splints, and therapy. Today I am walking out of the valley and onto higher ground. I realize my faith in God will meet me there.
The Lord is my Shepherd – He restores my soul. God is always with me in the midst of all my struggles and I realize a valley is only a temporary place. It is worth rejoicing knowing the Lord brings us to the other side of our troubles. Amen.