Trudging through the valley
Stumbling to my knees
Wounded and depleted
There is naught that brings me ease.
In such a weak condition
Some might mock and so despise
But, the God of the HIM-possible
Calls me to look up – Arise!
There is joy in loss and mourning
When things look bleak and black
There is strength beyond our knowing
When we’re under fierce attack.
None so sure as His provision
HIM-possible beats all odds
And, the spoils go to the victor
While the Glory is all God’s.
by Kathryn Ross (c) 2014
Are you in a valley daze this week?
I have a couple friends who are walking through some rocky paths in difficult and dark places just now. One has lost a loved one – one is facing a sudden health crisis on top of a multitude of other warring fronts in her life.
Be it the drudgery of the daily grind that seeks to keep us looking down instead of up – rising; or severe trials that cause intense pain and anguish – Valley Daze come to us all, often with a roller coaster momentum. Sudden twists and starts after a high place has been achieved – with the whoosh of a descent taking our breath away.
See to it that your faith is not whooshed away with your breath!
The roller coaster comes to a stop in its time. Your legs are wobbly, at first, and your eyes blurred, perhaps. But soon, your sight makes itself aright as color and light return with relief. You walk with an ever strengthening gait, stimulated in having overcome a fearsome ride. You made it!
So, too – the valley is not without light at the far end where the sun promises to disperse the darkness of a season.
You emerge with the jewels of experience – tested, tried and formed like a golden setting for the precious stones of God’s goodness. Far lovelier and of greater value in the valley than not. Wear your jewels in JOY and shine forth with a strengthened gait for all the world to see . . . the Glory of God in thee.
So, it is to my dear friends that I write this as prayer – in thanksgiving – as they press on towards the prize . . . His Light in the valley. His Glory, reflected.
All is well.
Sharing Valley Daze this week with:
Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday
Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up
Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays
Salina at Heart Reflected
Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays