Every one of us experience unexpected detours. We get sidetracked in the valley.
Three things to know about the valley:
- The valley does not care who it affects. The Bible promises us, “In this world you WILL have trouble.” Everyone goes through valleys. Expect it.
- The valley does not follow your timetable. You might have filled your calendar, but the valley has a way of interrupting your schedule. It often comes at the least opportune time.
- The valley will not last forever. It is not your permanent home. You walk THROUGH it. Your time of trouble builds you on the inside the way no mountain top can.
How do you get out of the valley?
- I follow the shepherd. Ever noticed the shift in pronouns in Psalm 23:4? They switch from third person to second person. Valleys are personal. Instead of talking about God, you talk to God. You completely depend on your relationship with the shepherd.
- I trust His protection. God’s got your back. He carries the rod and the staff to watch over you and guide you.
- I let Him soothe my hurt. God forgives you and heals you. He promises to bind up your broken heart. He pours His soothing oil on your deepest hurts. A deep hurt takes awhile to heal… but you will be stronger where you were hurt. In fact, He will use your hurt to help others in their valley.
We all hurt. The only difference between a follower of Jesus and everyone else is that you never go through the valley alone.“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” (Psalms 23:4–5 NLT)