“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me; Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
The Valley. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. And if you haven’t, I’m even more sure that you’ve experienced it.
The Valley is that deep, dark place where you feel your loneliest and most confused. That place where there seems to be no direction or answers to be found. The Valley is an exhausting place, filled with countless days and long nights spent trying to figure it all out. It’s those moment where you’re trying to piece together the meaning of your very life.
But even in the Valley… there’s hope.
How can you make the most of a Valley experience?
Stay prayed up
Prayer is an absolute MUST when you’re in the Valley. In such a desperate time, being connected to God is a non-negotiable. If you desire to break free from the Valley, you must follow the Way. As the scripture above says, He is close beside you in the Valley. He is there to protect and comfort you as you go through. Remaining near Him during this time will guarantee your freedom from the Valley to the light. His wisdom and guidance is available to You, but the further away from you get from Him, the longer your experience can be.
Catch the gems
Believe it or not, there’s many valuable lessons that come in the Valley. You learn about yourself, your purpose and ultimately about God. Your Valley experience can either make you who you are or it can break your very countenance. It’s really up to you to decide. Every lesson learned in the Valley is a gem that you can take with you forever. When you come out on the other side, you’ll end up being someone whom you don’t even recognize. The Valley can mold and produce a better version of you.
In the Valley, whatever you do… don’t look back. Once you’ve gone through and have gotten to the other side, stay there. Coming out as a refined version of yourself is the best choice that you can make. Don’t allow yourself to go backward. Move forward in God and accept the newness of life He has waiting on the other side of the Valley. Going back can only cause you to start over.
There are many Valleys ahead in our life journey, but we’ll always have a way through. Even when it seems as though the Lord is being silent and you’re traveling alone, know that He is with you always. Sometimes you need time to settle and deal with yourself before He speaks. When you’re in the Valley, look within yourself. Be honest with who you are and who you want to be. Keeping seeking His face and He will draw you to the light.
Don’t be afraid, but be strong. Hold your head high and walk boldly toward your destiny. The Valley is only a pathway to the next destination.
In the most recent episode of The Remedy, we discuss our toughest moments in seeking our purpose: