Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 AMP)
Why should we walk instead of running? I want to run through the valley but God wants me to” walk”.
Recently, while I was hanging out at our church guest reception area, I overheard a conversation that was happening a few feet away from me. One of our prayer partners was advising this young lady and she made a statement that just got a hold of my thoughts and heart. She said to her, “Valleys are not for running. You have to walk it out”.
Deep down, I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking it to me as well.
It is so hard to embrace the valley. Our tendency is to put on some running shoes and go for the sprint and pray for it to be over, but God wants us to slow down and embrace this so needed season. Valleys are put in place to get us ready to soar.
Here are a few stops along the valley that we need to slow down, notice and embrace:
1. We matter so much that God wants to do a good work in us. As a surgeon, God will not rush the process. If we let Him, he will change us for the better if we just yield and not resist.
2. Thanksgiving- We have get to a point where God is all we need and develop a grateful heart for All He’s done in our lives up to this point.
3. Hearts at ease- There is nothing like giving up the resistance and putting our complete trust in God. Once we release and embrace the valley, a peace overwhelms us and we can truly enjoy our relationship with Christ.
4. Replace our running shoes for His rod and staff- we don’t need to run. What we really need is his guidance and protection.
If you’re in a valley season, take time to slow down through the process. Let God do His work in your life, and get ready to soar as a result of the valley. The valley makes you ready to soar. Meditate today on the promise from the shepherd:
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:31 AMP)
Written by, Elizabeth Demarest, Healing Place Church Staff