God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. – Psalm 46:1-3
Everyone talks about the mountaintops. Reaching them, staying there, how beautiful those places are. Now I’m not one to knock the mountaintop, don’t get me wrong.
But I wanted to point out to you today, Dear One, in case you’ve forgotten, that the valleys hold beauty of their own. I’ve lived in a few valleys in my life, and they are places of cool shadows. They provide shelter from the wind and storms. They are the places where the water is found.
Maybe right now is a mountaintop time in your life. If so, then relish it. Soak it in and tuck the memories away for darker days. Live on that mountaintop with God and be thankful.
But if right now is a valley time for you, please keep this in mind:
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. – Psalm 139:7-8
You are not lost to Him, no matter how high your days take you. You are well-known to Him, no matter how low the nights carry you.
Mountain or valley… He has good planned for you. God has comforting arms and bountiful tables prepared for you. Christ is walking beside you, no matter the elevation or terrain. His eyes, when they find yours, will glow with joy just for your presence.
Mountains and Valleys. We all have them. And we all have Him. No matter what.
The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23
Father, walk beside us even more closely in the valleys. May we never wonder if You are there, or if You care. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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