Life in the Valley
Isn’t it interesting that we strive for the mountain tops, but once there we turn and gaze back down at the now declared ‘beautiful’ valley below. Charles Spurgeon said, “We find that most men confess that God is God of the hills, but they forget that He is also Lord of the valleys.” Yes, there is beauty in the valley. It is THERE that the waters flow. It is from the valley that we can only look up. From there sunrises and sunsets are the most spectacular.
Valleys are to be explored (Deut. 1, spies come back with good report) They are a place to wage war (1 Sam. 17, David & Goliath) Valleys are for fresh water (Gen. 26 Isaacs servants dig 3 prosperous wells) A valley is a place of rebuilding (2 Chron. 33 Manasseh rebuilt the outer wall) There is victory in the valley (Judges 6 & 7 Gideon over the Midianites, 2 Sam. 8 Davids victories) Valleys are a place for dwelling (Gen. 26:17, “Isaac encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled.”)
Valleys are not just to be admired from the mountain top, life happens in the valley. May we not always be looking beyond our valley, but learning and exploring and thriving in the valley.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)