“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength until each appears before God in Zion." | Psalm 84:5-7 |
Sometimes, as the pressures of life mount up around us, we get lost in the pile. Our time, thoughts, emotions and even our heart, all become consumed by the now. As we are surrounded by the mounting pile, it becomes all we can see. Our perspective becomes limited to only what is right in front of us and we fail to see beyond what is happening right now. As our perspective narrows, so do our thoughts. We then fall into patterns of thinking such as “if I can just get through this day, it’ll be okay” or “I just need a day off this life”.
Sound familiar? I’ve been there. The thing is, this is dangerous territory. Once our thinking patterns are established, our thought life seeps into our heart and from there, the body follows. You feel as though with every day that passes, your body is sapped of its energy. Each day requires more effort that the last to keep your head above the pile, to at least catch a breath.
As depressing as this may sound, there is hope! That hope is found in the Lord, in Jesus.
“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." | Isaiah 40:31
When we put our hope in the Lord (and not our own ability to stay on top of it all), our strength is renewed. Psalm 84:5 tells us that when we find our strength in the Lord, we are blessed. We receive a divine strength that lifts us above our circumstance, giving us a perspective from the view of eternity. Rather than merely hoping we get through the day or week, we experience a greater hope for the future and live full of expectancy. When we live with expectancy, waiting to see God move, we recognise that every situation is temporary. Instead of being consumed by the present, we find purpose in it.
In the seasons in which we pass through the valley of weeping, we know that God is at work on our behalf, for our good.
In our suffering, God sustains us.
In our weakness, God’s power is made perfect.
Where we lack, God provides.
And so we emerge from the valley stronger and enlarged in spirit. As we go from season to season with God, we’re going from strength to strength, until the very day that He returns.