Friday, April 3, 2009

Walking Through A Valley

I read Proverbs 31 ministries most mornings. Today's devotion had my name on it; not literally, but I honestly felt like it was a letter from God, because it was just what I needed. Mrs. Whitwer described me to a T. When I am in a valley, I just want to quit. Honestly, I do. I don't want to see people, I don't want to go to church, I don't feel like helping others because I don't feel like I can even help myself, and sometimes I don't feel like I have anything more to give. The valley drains me. But, Mrs. Whitwer said to keep walking. KEEP WALKING. I had never thought of it that way. Although sometimes when we are in a valley, we don't know exactly WHAT to do, we can't just sit there in the middle of it, or we'll never get out. Keep walking doesn't mean getting ahead of God or even trying to help God, but it just means that life has to go on, we can't stop doing what's right and what's needful. It's almost like being in the dark, not knowing where I am or where I am going, but holding on to God's hand and letting him lead me; even though I can't see. I just need to keep serving, keep loving, keep reading, keep singing, keep praying, KEEP WALKING! For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
I prefer the verses to be from the KJV, but the devotion is superb. To read, Click below:

The Lily Of The Valley
Words: Charles W. Fry
Music: Wil­liam S. Hays
I have found a friend in Jesus,
He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.

He’s the Lily of the Valley,
the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken,
and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me,
and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.

He will never, never leave me,
nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessèd will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessèd face,
Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.

The Song of Solomon 2:1

I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.


Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful post! I once heard someone put it this way, "Aren't you glad when you walk through the valley that YOU WALK THROUGH IT?" That always stuck with me because it's true, we need to walk through it to get to the other side. Praying that you will be able to walk through your valley and see the Lord waiting for you and encouraging you and carrying you!!! Enjoy your weekend. I love that hymn!!!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I know just what you mean about losing your "spark" when you're in a valley! It happens to me,too. But I guess it shouldn't. It's just our human-ness taking over!

Last August....way before we met....I wrote on my blog about "Mountains and Valleys". Maybe you'd like to read it. If so, you can copy and paste this:

God bless you! Hope you have a wonderful, inspiring, fog-lifting Sunday tomorrow!


Raising Olives said...

That is such a wonderful way to think of those tough spots in life. Yes, just keep walking. Thank you.