It is difficult to see clearly from the valley. The path ahead is frightening; the path behind too painful to look back. There seems to be no escape; the only way to get through it is to get through it. But with the end nowhere in sight, even that seems futile, at times.
It is in the valleys that we realize there are no shortcuts. Perhaps that is why we find them so scary.
But God says not to worry. As a matter of fact, He knew there would be valleys. High points, countered by low points, blended together to form the timelines of our lives. He never promised it would be easy.
But what He did promise is even more gratifying. He promised to be there. Always. From start to finish. From our mountaintop experiences to the moments that drop us to our knees.
God appreciates the valleys, not because He enjoys seeing us in pain, but more so because He knows that's when we will be calling. He gets the chance to speak to us, one-on-one, for a change.
It's not that He chooses only to reveal Himself to us in the valleys; that is just when we finally take notice.
So, whatever valley you may be traveling through, know that you are never alone. Treasure this time, claim it for growth, and keep moving toward the end.
And if possible, be thankful for your valleys. Because wherever God meets us is holy ground, even through the pain. Maybe even because of it.
Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
What about you? Can you share a time that God met you during your valleys?