My newsfeed on social media has been filled with so much pain, hurt, and terrible things lately that this week I just want to encourage you all and myself. I see so many friends and strangers walking through valleys right now, deep valleys, full of hurt, shame, loss, brokenness, and loneliness. Whatever valley it is that we are walking through, know this: God is in control and He is faithful. Here is some hope; He isn’t going to keep us there and when we leave we’ll be changed.
Some valleys are short and shallow, others are very long and steep, but one thing never changes: God is right beside us the entire way. He is there to pick us up when we want to give up and wallow in the deep of our brokenness. He gives us glimpses of Himself to remind us where we are headed. Eventually, we step out of the valley and onto the mountain, trusting God step by step to lead us back to the mountain top.
The mountain top is great but if we lived our whole life on top of the mountain, we would never really appreciate the view, it would just be so normal. The valleys God allows us to walk through are hard and full of obstacles but it makes the top of the peak so extraordinary. The valley is where God allows us to be broken and while we are climbing back up the mountain is when He is placing us back together more beautiful than before so that when we reach the top, we have become more like Him.
I know friends that have gotten stuck in their valley; they don’t trust God to guide them back to the top of the mountain. So they stay in their hurt, brokenness, and shame praying for change. God wants to help us to the mountain top but we have to be willing to strap up our hiking shoes and dig into that mountain side step by step to reach the top. We may fall down, we may get tired, but with God’s help we will make it to the top, if we trust Him to get us there.
Psalm 9:10 “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
You see, God is one who dug up our valleys and built up our mountains so that we would learn to trust His plan. We can’t avoid the valleys and we can’t live on the mountain top but we can choose not to get stuck in our valleys. Satan wants us to stay in the valley, he wants us to mope and cry ourselves into a deep dark pit that we think we can never get out of. Do not let Satan win! Remind yourself that God only wants things for our GOOD. If God is allowing us to walk through a valley then He has a reason. He never wants to see His children hurting but He knows that sometimes we need it to be the best that we can be.
Psalm 23:4 “Even 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.”
Bad things are going to happen and we are going to be put to the test as we walk through the valleys in our life. Many of us already have walked through things that we never thought we would be able to move on from and have seen how God had a plan for us even when we couldn’t see it at the time. Some of us may be stuck in a valley and we have lost sight of the mountain top. My prayer is that we trust God to lead us back up the mountain and would have the boldness to step onto the mountain side and begin the journey back to the top. Valleys are harsh but maybe if we changed our perspective of the valleys in our life we would appreciate them instead of getting overwhelmed by the emotions they can bring. We need valleys to get us to the mountain top. We need to be broken and recreated into a more holy version of ourselves. Be willing to be broken, do not be fearful of the depths and rejoice in the fact that Jesus loves us enough to allow us to walk through hardship to be more like Him.
Psalm 71:1-3 “In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.