December 7, 2017

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

Valley Times

There are several dear friends going through hard times right now. Everything in me wants to “do” something to help, but truthfully all I can do is pray. What I call “valley times” are hard! I keep thinking of a teaching Floyd’s mom gave on the valleys in our lives. I may have mentioned it last year. She said we have to go through the valleys of difficulty, trial, and preparation in order to reach the mountaintops of release, fulfillment, and provision. In between the mountaintop of God’s promise, and the mountaintop of God’s provision – there is the valley of preparation.

The valleys are often where things are planted and cultivated in our lives. We have to till the ground of our hearts. It sometimes means digging very deep into our lives. But it can be fruitful in the valley, too, as we wait for the mountaintops that God has for us. God uses this time to grow us, and to teach us important life lessons.

There’s no denying the valley times, but it’s not meant to be the focus. God is the focus! He holds our hand as we go through the valley. He doesn’t plan for us to live in it forever. He wants us to grow, to even live above the circumstances as we cling to Him.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4

It feels like I’ve been walking through a valley for a long time now. I’m thinking that surely it’s time to move on to the mountaintop! As I look back I realize that as I’ve been going through the valley, God has been carrying me on His shoulders. I haven’t been alone – or even had to do most of the walking. God has truly “carried” me! And He knows when the right time is to move on to the mountaintop.

There’s a song* that says, “Even in the valley You are faithful – You’re working for our good.” So true! He’s doing beautiful things in our lives while we walk through some of the hard valley experiences. When I look back over the journey, I see God’s hand at work in so many ways. He has been very faithful! I can’t thank Him enough.

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid… for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

“For everything there is a season, a time for everything under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Sometimes as I’m walking through the valley, the vegetation and trees are so thick that I can’t even see the mountaintop God is guiding me towards. I don’t know what’s ahead, but I can trust His direction. Another part of the song I referred to says, “Your plans are still to prosper, You’ve not forgotten us.” I trust His plans!

Thank you for praying us through the valley!

“Father, You are with us in the valley times, no matter how long that journey is. We trust You to bring us safely through. Amen.”

* “Sovereign Over Us” by Aaron Keyes | Bryan Brown | Jack Mooring © 2011 Jack Mooring Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Meaux Jeaux Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Amen.

  2. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I can so relate. As I read I heard Holy Spirit tell me that the “vegetation and trees” can provide “shade and sustenance” so I need to focus on Him and what He wants me to see where I am. If I try to see the end result (the mountain), I will miss what He has for me where I am.

  3. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    As I read your words I see how God has heard our prayers for you and is meeting your needs in the journey. I know you are still walking the valley. Know that we are still praying.

  4. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    This is so beautiful! As I read this I realized my husband and I are in the valley of preparation on our way to God’s provision. God gave us a promise and direction to go. It has been challenging at times as we are preparing for the new journey, but since we can’t see what’s ahead we can surely trust His direction! He is such a good Shepherd leading us to His provision. Thank you for sharing your journey and helping others along the way.

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