Wednesday, September 26, 2018

THE DARK VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Every true Believer understands the ‘mountaintop highs’ and the ‘dark valley lows.’
Every true Believer understands what I mean when I say ‘mountaintop highs’ and ‘dark valley lows.’ Although we all desire the blessings we experience in the mountain top highs, scripture tells us that God will also make “springs gush forth in the valleys.” Psalms 104:10

The Lord took me through a dark valley experience of my own. In this time of pain and solitude, this is what I learned…

Spiritually speaking, it is understood that the number eight represents new beginnings. So, in hindsight, I now know that it was absolutely necessary for me to go through this dark valley experience as it was designed to stretch me in ways I never imagined. In that painful, uncomfortable place, God needed to show me some things that I was not able to see otherwise. There were new lessons there for me to learn and a new perspective I needed to adopt. The goodness of God stood waiting for me at the top but I was not in a position to see it at the time. This is why it is so important for us to trust God always – no matter what we’re going through.

Upon entering this dark valley experience I heard the Lord say to me, “Take it one day at a time.” At first, I didn’t fully understand what He meant by this. But eight months later, I came to realize the following: This life has a way of relentlessly pushing us. In fact, we can almost feel the hand of the enemy on our backs. We are never satisfied, led by our emotions and busy chasing the world's image of a better tomorrow, we allow ourselves to get distracted from the vision God originally gave us.

The Christian walk is not meant to be a stagnant journey. We will always be expected to stretch beyond who we are for this is what draws us closer to the Lord, makes us stronger in our faith, builds our character and moves us consistently further in our call. Unfortunately though, the act of stretching is not comfortable, but it is necessary for expansion. Every day, God gives us a new challenge and a new opportunity to do just that – s  t  r  e  t  c  h.

How successful we are (in God’s eyes, not the world’s) will be determined by how well we are able to navigate through the current dark valley experience by using what was learned in the previous dark valley experience.

If we don't learn these lessons, we are destined to repeat them - until we do. God is relentless too. This process of life is all about progressing and moving forward according to His plan for our lives. Instead of asking God to remove us from the dark valley experiences, we should be asking Him to reveal all the important lessons that are hidden in the cracks and crevices. Granted, sometimes these experiences can be overwhelming which is why it is so important to remember that we must “take it one day at a time.”

What dark valley experience are you going through? It is not by chance that you are in this place. It will be to your benefit to not focus on what is painful, uncomfortable or inconvenient. Keep your eyes on the Lord and ask Him to show you what is hidden in the valley instead of asking Him to remove you from it.

Be encouraged my sister and brother, for this too shall pass. Trust God. He is always moving us up, out and in to brand new levels of power which we receive when we pass the tests that are hidden along the way. It is a necessary exercise that helps us to be the most effective in His Kingdom. That is what our Christian life is truly all about.

May God’s peace and grace be with you as you faithfully walk through this valley. God says He will shake all things and all people. Those who can be shaken will be shaken. Is your foundation built firmly on the rock of Jesus? Will you come through this dark valley experienced broken or crushed by the Rock?

Keep your eyes looking up at the Lord and take it one day at a time.

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