They’ve come out of a dark valley, a place of deep grief, tragedy, and heavy hearts. Their life is marked by the loss of their child, who will always be a part of who they are and what they do. Now. They are approaching the day their child died. And. They know it will be a hard day. The countdown has begun for them; it’s a matter of a couple of weeks until the day comes, marking the darkness and pain of it all. The grief remains.
They’ve learned to trust God for each day, seeking peace in their pain, placing their hope in Christ.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4, NIV).
God does not leave us in the valley; God walks us through it, guiding and comforting us. The thing is . . . when we walk through the valley . . . we must decide if, we will stay there or go through it with God. No one is exempt from going through dark valleys in life. It’s the way life goes. There’s no denying or avoiding the difficult and dark places; however, we have the choice of how we respond in the valley.
It’s not easy to move out of the darkness, the place where the depth of pain is felt. Pain is often paralyzing. And. There are moments in the valley, which make it very difficult to move. You know what I’m talking about, if, you’ve spent any time in the valley. It’s the place of being fragile and vulnerable, where it’s too hard to pray and trust, where hope is lost, making everything seem to be gray and pointless, . But. We will come to a cross road in the valley, where we must decide whether or not we will trust God and move through it.
Consider the peace which is promised when we make the decision to trust God:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:3-4, NLT).
The difference between someone staying and suffering in the dark valley and the one that moves through it all is not the depth of grief, but believing there is no other option but to trust God.
In the end, whoever and whatever we trust, is a risk. Yet. I don’t want to miss out on what God has planned because of not taking the risk to trust God.
On the life list: Believe there is no other option but to trust God.
- Put a stake in the foundation of your life: I will trust God, keeping my thoughts on God, rather than the stuff, risking complete trust, regardless of how hard it is, refusing any other option.
- Stand firm. Trust God with all things.
- Anticipate God moving you through the valley to something more.
Learning to Kickstart the day with no other option but to trust God,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)