Hello everyone…I don't know what you're walking through at this time; but I've been walking through what seems to be one of the darkest valleys. Yes…this definitely isn't the first for me; but that doesn't seem to matter because I have found that they all seem to be the same…and one thing I know for sure; is that these dark valleys are a place where the shadow of each problem seems to darken the way before us…only to bring sadness, hopelessness and discouragement, into what already seems to be a difficult situation.
You know…I don't normally write on every detail of my life, because if I did; then I'm sure that it would not only discourage me…but you too. I think that what people don't always understand; is that this life is just not going to be a perfect one, especially when it comes to serving God; because God has His reasons for what He allows. Maybe it's to make us stronger, in an area where we are weak…or maybe He has a plan that will help us to see life through His eyes, rather than our own. It doesn't matter if you are a Christian and lead a simple life…or serve God…we all experience the same things and sometimes some just go through more than others; but the important thing we must remember; is that God has control over everything we face.
You know…I have dealt with two bad legs for over 50 years of my life now…and as I continue to get older, I am also seeing other difficulties arise. About 10 years ago, my right knee was fused, due to so many problems…and because of this, I am now facing problems with my right foot. I would say that since last Friday, I have been struggling with a lot of chronic pain, which has now set off my blood pressure. Like I said previously in my writings…the battles seem to be getting fiercer, as I serve God. Some may say…well why hasn't your God healed you? Because I have found that the time when God doesn't heal us; is because He has a plan. Even though I struggle from day to day, I can definitely see where these two bad legs have been used to help and encourage others; for it's through the struggles…that I have found a heart to write and encourage others…and get this…I had a man write me a while back, who lived in Europe. He had to face a fusion in his right leg too and never thought that he would ever find someone who could understand what he had went through…that is, until God led him to me. You see…these valleys that we walk through aren't a waste. Yes…they aren't always easy to pass through; but King David encourages us, through a writing in Psalm 23:4, which says… "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Just think…David could have never written this verse in Psalm 23, if first, he hadn't experienced some hard and difficult times. Through the moments he faced in his life, he came to truly know what it was like to walk through the valley of the shadow of death; but he also came to see that there was nothing to fear; because he knew that his God would be right there with him…guarding and guiding him all the way.
I don't know about you; but I'm beginning to see my problem…and that is that we seem to get too caught up in the darkened shadows that have been strewn across our path from each problem; that we tend to forget that there is One who is walking right beside us…One who can see through the darkness…and One who knows how to lead us out of these darkened moments.
Life definitely has a way of overwhelming us…and Satan definitely knows how to enhance these moments, until the light that once lit our pathway has dimmed out…only to keep us standing in the darkest valley of despair; but just as Psalm 23:4 says…we have nothing to fear; for God is with us. Maybe if we were to take our eyes away from the dark and discouraging moments; then just maybe we would find ourselves more in touch with the One who is already walking with us…the One who can guard, guide and protect us through these times, until we have safely walked out of these darkened valleys…and into the light of a new dawn…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and ALWAYS remember that this too shall pass! Take care and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow! God bless!
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