The valley…an opportunity to grow, or a place to lie down and die….

While at the library today, I came across a meme that said that valleys will teach you lessons that mountain tops can’t. My mind has been scattered somewhat today, but I haven’t been able to forget this meme. What is it about valleys that teach us the most valuable lessons in our lives?

First, there is the fact that usually when you weather the storms of life, you usually do so alone. During the tough moments, you reveal the true colors of your friends. Generally, they are nowhere to be found. The valley serves as a reminder that God is an ever-present help in a time of trouble. In our weakness, we know that we can depend on the Lord, and He will see us through.

During our traverse through the valley, we reveal the truth of our character. Are we going to lie down and cry about it? Or are we going to believe that our God is able to deliver us from the valley? Will we come to the understanding that He is able to keep us as we push forward toward the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus? Do we purchase in our hearts that we will not give up until we have finished our course?

The valley shows us the level of faith and determination that we have as Christians. In the deepest part of our hearts, the valley reveals our weakness. These low points provide us an opportunity to turn our weaknesses into strengths. The vale serves to remind us that we are not strong enough to carry the load by ourselves. We need the grace of God to help us overcome the obstacles of life. The dale is where we realize how insignificant we-are in comparison to the problems that occur in our daily lives. However, with God in our corner, all things are possible through Him.

Lastly, the valley is designed to forge us into a better vessel that God Almighty can use. Trials were never designed to break us. They are designed to try us, to prove our faith and reveal the hidden strength that we have due to our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. The valley was created to develop us into a vessel that can contribute to the kingdom of God. Without trials and tribulations, we do not prove our mettle. The mountaintop is our reward for overcoming the valley.

There is an old song that we used to sing, it iscalled Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.The lyrics are below:

Whata fellowship, what a joy divine

Leaningon the everlasting arms

Whata blessedness, what a peace is mine

Leaningon the everlasting arms

Leaning,leaning

Safeand secure, from all alarms

Leaning,leaning

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Whathave I to dread? What have I to fear?

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Ihave blessed peace, with my Lord so near

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Oh,how sweet to walk, in this pilgrim way

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Oh,how bright the path, grows from day to day

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Leaning,I’m leaning

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

Leaning,leaning

Safeand secure, from all alarms

Leaning,leaning

Leaningon, the everlasting arms

This song is a reminder of the purpose of the valleys’that are part of our pilgrimage here on Earth. We need God to help us when we enter the storms of life. The Scriptures state that God is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Our sojourn may be tough, but God is there. Regardless of where we go or what we do, God does not forsake us.

You guys have a great evening. Take care of yourselves.

Freeman out.

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