Valleys

hillsfOur lives are filled with valleys.  My valleys are not your valleys and my family’s valleys are not your family’s valleys.  We are either getting ready to go through a valley, in a valley or coming out of a valley.  Our valleys may be financial, physical, mental, family, work, spiritual, or so on and so on.  I say all that not to discourage you.  Before I was saved getting out of a valley seemed insurmountable.  I would look behind me and wonder how I got here?  I would look ahead and say how do I get out of this?  And most of the time I would stay put because it was just to hard to go back and to hard to go forward.  It was easier to stay in my valley.

After accepting Christ the valleys do not disappear, but there is one big difference, you are not alone in your valleys.  In His word he makes certain promises to the children of God.  {We are not all children of God by the way, we are all a creation of God.  You are not an adopted child of God until you accept Christ} – John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  In Hebrews 13:5 the Bible says “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  I know that the valleys that God has placed me in are by no mistake.  These valleys are prepared for me to help me grow, to rely on God, to build my faith.  God is with me in my valleys through the Holy Spirit.

A lot of times we treat our relationship with God like a fire extinguisher behind a glass that says “Open in case of emergency”.  When we are on top of the mountain we don’t want to bother God with any little problems we are experiencing or small decisions we need to make.  Then when we find ourselves in the valley we have to run around and look for the fire extinguisher (God) and break the glass open, probably dust it off and hope it works.  We have to realize that God is omnipotent (all powerful), we should seek His guidance in all things big or small.  We are not thinning God out by asking for His guidance on small matters.  If we practice our faith on small and medium things when those large problems come along our faith will be tried and true to get us through. Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We sing a song at church called “God of the Mountain”.  Here are the lyrics –

Life is easy, when your up on the mountain
And you’ve got peace of mind
Like you’ve never known
But then things change and your down in the valley
Don’t lose hope for your never alone

[Chorus]

For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley
When things go wrong He’ll make them right
And the God of the good times, is still God of the bad times
And the God of the day is still God of the night

V. 2
You talk of faith when your up on the mountain
Oh, but the talk comes so easy
When life’s at its best
But its down in the valley of trials and temptations
That’s where faith is really put to the test

No, we are not in a valley right now.  That is not what prompted this post at all.  I want to share that if you are on top of the mountain you can look ahead and behind you to see those that are in the valley.  Be aware of those around you that are not currently on the mountain top.  Also remember when you are coming out of your valley you are always looking up!

I leave you with this picture, since Casey got onto me about not posting pictures.  It is from our trip to San Francisco, looking down from a cable car.  There is no way you can walk far in this city.  The view of going into a valley.

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