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Stop Fearing the Valley and Start Enjoying This Season of Growth {Guest Post}

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“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

This familiar scripture which is recited at funerals is a favorite of many (23 Psalm). It gives hope and assurance that no matter what we go through in this life, the Lord is with us, and He will lead us and guide us and comfort us.

Maybe it’s just me, but walking through the darkest of valleys is scary, and to declare “I will fear no evil”, almost sounds like I’m lying. What is it about valleys that we hate so much?
It seems most people desire to live on the mountain tops of life!! The high places, the peaks, the joys, the exhilarating moments that life brings!! We all strive to end up on top; we sing old songs, “Climb every mountain” (Sound of Music), we quote sayings “Shoot for the stars”, we make goals to succeed at the top of the corporate ladder. We’re taught to believe that dreams reside on mountain tops!

And yet… no one talks about the valleys… other than… don’t fear it!

Someone once told me as I was walking through the valley, “Keep walking… don’t camp out there!” And yet, to be honest, more of my life has been walking through the valley than standing on that mountain top!


Have you ever looked at a mountain? Have you ever climbed a mountain? Well I’ve certainly looked at a mountain- their  majestic peaks are breathtaking. I am not a hiker, but I’ve been told that there is such an adrenaline high when one reaches the top of a mountain! But to stay at the top, is ridiculous. No one could LIVE at the top of the mountain.

People live in the valleys. Beautiful flowers grow, not on the tops of mountain peaks, but in the tucked away corners of the valley.

Yes, the sunshine is brightest and strongest on the mountain top, but too much sun can scorch your skin. The cool of the day is always found in the valley.

I used to dread valleys. I used to equate hard and difficult times in my life with dark and dangerous moments where I could barely see the hand in front of my face.

And yet, in reality, valleys are not that bad. Yes, they can be dark, and yes they can be scary, but the most fruit grows in my life while I’m walking through the valley.

Looking back, I see I’ve grown the most as a person and as a follower of Christ when I’ve been in the darkest valley. Faith has blossomed in the valley; Peace has covered me in the valley, compassion for others has been birthed in my life during a valley experience.

Oh, I love the mountain top thrills- when everything seems to be going as “planned”. It seems you can see the plans for your life for miles and miles! The adrenaline rush is amazing… But I’m closer to God in the valley. I find that I depend on Him more when I can’t see where I’m going… When the road before me is crooked and dark. Almost all of my testimonies come from the valley I’ve walked through.

I’m “getting” Psalm 23:4 better now. I understand how the psalmist could say with confidence, “I will fear no evil” (as I walk through the darkest valley). He learned a truth that I’m just understanding. Darkness does not affect God… He is there! I can trust Him, even though I can’t see Him. And the best part of all… He knows that it’s in the valley of my life that the most amazing fruit will grow!!! And that is, after all, what He’s after!
LIFTLinda has a passion to see other’s set free to live their lives honestly and holy. She encourages others through her writing and speaking to do the same. Linda and her husband Dan reside in Pennsylvania and have pastored Open Arms Christian Fellowship for 15 years. They are  the parents of four daugthers and one son-in-law. Linda is available to speak at your congregation or retreat. Visit her blog at LIFT or her facebook page.


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  1. Rebecca says:

    Thanks! Loved this post!


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