Valleys aren’t always fun! But I believe that they’re necessary. How else can we ascend the next peak?
My dark valleys, like so many others, have all threatened to undo me. Whether the trial is an emotional journey of a broken heart/spirit or a battle of physical illness the circumstance through a bullhorn yelled, “you’re done, it’s over!”
“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” -Corrie Ten Boom (The Hiding Place)
How simple yet so profound the statement above. As Christians when facing trials we often grow weary in the waiting. We pray and we gather, we fast and we faithfully profess. After some time we may begin to waiver and lose hope. And like David, we may cry out, “Lord where are you?!”
At times that cry is enough and instantly, we feel His peace that surpasses all understanding fill us. Other times we miss His still small voice due to all the “noise”. But if we stop for a moment and look back. Remember the last storm. See how His light permeates over those dark memories in your life now. He was in every detail. And He is now.
The darkness in your present valley threatens to undo you and has you feeling around for something familiar to grasp. His light shines bright; it is within you. Trust the Engineer, He’s in the tunnel with you and is guiding you out.
We see the cross and we think of the unfathomable love that it symbolizes. The beauty of that dark hour.
I encourage you, find Jesus in the valley. Seek Him out, He’s there. He’s got everything you’ll need for the journey ahead and the ascent. Like some of us did as children with a sibling or friend, we would throw a blanket over our heads and act like we were invisible and no one could find us or hear us. It was our secret hiding place. Jesus is our secret Hiding Place. The Beauty in the darkness.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah (Psalm 32:7)
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. (Psalm 119:114)
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
“because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)