Valleys have been on my mind lately. Probably because I’m in one right now. Not a literal valley . . . a valley of life. For a while, everything was good. I was on top of a very beautiful mountain. Life was interesting, something new every day, and so restful. But even then, I knew it wouldn’t last. You can’t stay on the mountain forever. Past experience has taught me that. Life is full of highs and lows. So, I asked God to prepare me for the valley which I knew I’d eventually have to go through.
The Valley: Two surgeries and housebound for four-and-a-half months. Can’t do any cooking or housework. Missed all the fall and Christmas events I look forward to every year. Three friends died and was heartbroken I couldn’t attend their funerals. Many of my friends extremely ill or having operations during this time. Limited in what I can do with my grandchildren. And so many more sad, bad events. Pain. Tears. Frustration. Depression. You get the idea.
Then I remembered when I reached out to God while on the mountain top, and how He assured me that He would be with me no matter what my circumstances. It hasn’t made the hurt and pain of the valley disappear, but it comforts me tremendously that God is walking by my side, holding my hand. PEACE at the bottom of the valley.
The constant in this valley experience is that God has never left my side. I can talk to Him any time, day or night. I can cry on His strong shoulder. I can hear Him talk to me through His Word. He is my constant companion.
I came across this song today, and I thought “Yes!”
“GOD OF THE HILLS AND VALLEYS” By Tauren Wells
On the mountains, I will bow my life to the One who set me there.
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there.
When I’m standing on the mountain top, I didn’t get there on my own.
When I’m walking through the valley, I know I am not alone!
You’re the God of the hills and valleys.
God of the hills and valleys.
And I am not alone!
And I will choose to say, “Blessed be Your name!”
This valley won’t last forever. I know that from experience, too. When God once again sets me on the mountain, I picture myself healed, whole and walking upright. And whether on the mountain or in the valley, I choose to say, “Blessed be Your Name, O most High!”
If you are going through a valley experience, I encourage you to look up to the Lord. He will carry you. He will never leave you. He will strengthen you.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime-until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 NLT
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Listen to the song . . . it will inspire you!