The valley is beautiful. I feel like someone needs to be reminded of that. Why do we put such awful expectations on what the valley that we are being drug through looks like? The Word of the Lord says that we will go from strength to strength and glory to glory as we pass through our Valley of Weeping, but who is to say that our tears aren’t watering the flowers and making them grow?
Psalm 84:5-9 (NIV) – Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9 Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.
Even though we think of the mountain as our pinnacle, our time of arrival, our destination, the air is still very thin and cannot sustain us for long. We are silly to think that we can live up there without perishing. The valley is inevitable, but it is what you make it. What does your valley look like? Is it scattered with debris of the past? Does it haunt you at night with ghosts of what should have been? Do the barren rocks cause you to stumble as you grope around through the dirt? Are you eyes temporarily blinded by past hurts and regrets? What do you see below? Has God lifted you high above the cloulds to really look at a wasteland? Or has He brought you to the mountain top to see and perceive the TRUTH? What if what you see through your tinted glasses is fertile land ready for a harvest? What if all it is, is a place to travel through on your way to a new and improved destination? What is your perception? The valley only looks as good or as bad as YOU perceive it.
Ezekiel 36:8-11 (NIV) – But you, mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, 10 and I will cause many people to live on you—yes, all of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Have you ever driven past a beautiful meadow, partaken of its delicate array of flowers, desired to sit or lie down on its thick, lush green grass? Have you ever reflected on that meadow where the birds sing songs to the Creator and the small wildlife frolick in the distance? Have you ever driven past it again, only to be appalled at the sight of that same meadow, completely torn up and in ruins? The farmer has come and dug up all that was beautiful and the rocks and soil replace the once green grass. What do you perceive NOW? Do you see the eventual abundant harvest, or do you just see the sadness of what used to be? It’s really just a choice. Some of us can’t see the harvest because we fear the unknown.
You are protected. On the mountain top AND in the valley. Even where there seems to be no way and we are begging for new eyes to see the truth of what is around us instead of the devastation, He will show us the promise. Even when your eyes are clouded with tears, the valley and all its beauty is being washed by the water and the blood. See it for what it really is and not what it should be and everything will be right with your soul.