Have you ever spent time in a valley? No, I’m not talking about a physical location as seen above. Maybe you have been in a spiritual valley or an emotional valley. I’m spending time in a rather dark valley now, and I don’t really like it there. But, I think there is a reason we spend time in valleys.
First of all let me share a song with you. Out of the blue this morning I had this song stuck in my head. I haven’t heard it in probably 12-15 years (maybe longer), so I’m not sure why I thought about it today. It, however, prompted me to write this post.
The song begins with this. Lying at the bottom, I can clearly see the top. This, to me, paints a picture of why we spend time in valleys. You see, when you are on top of a mountain you would typically look around and take in the view. You might even look down into the valley below. But rarely do we look up. Contrast that with being in a valley. Sure, you may look around, but ultimately we have to look at the way out…up. Maybe God places us in these spiritual, emotional, financial (etc.) valleys so we will be forced to look up…toward Him. If we are constantly on top of the mountain and things are going well, we often fail to seek Him and His guidance. Thus, valleys.
As I said, I’m not enjoying this valley I’m in. It has been difficult to look up and see a way out. However, I’m learning to do that more and more each day. Turn to the Bible and the Psalms tell us God is with us in the valleys.
Even when I go through the darkest valley,I fear no danger,for You are with me. Psalm 23:4 (HCSB)
As I walk through this valley my prayer is that I will keep my eyes focused up, to Him, for guidance and help. I know He is with me, even in the darkest valley. It is this Rock that tells me, that’s what valleys are for.