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The Valley

September 18, 2014 by

the-valleyContinuing the theme of valley and mountaintop experiences, today I’d like to share a poem with you in hopes that it encourages your walk.

If you missed the first three in the series, you can read them here: The Mountaintop Experience Part 1, Part 2, and 10 Reasons We Need Not Fear The Valley.

We’ve been visiting the idea that our mountaintop experiences are appreciated only after dwelling for a time in the valley. We’ve also looked at the truths found in Scripture that cause us not to fear our valley experiences.

Today, I’d like to share a poem and the story behind it.

One Saturday, my husband and a dear family friend were out riding their mountain bikes. I was at home with the kids, mopping the kitchen floor, and praying. I don’t remember what I was thinking about or praying about at the time, but all of the sudden, these words came to me. I quickly dropped my mop and headed for the computer. (If I don’t get the words down quickly, they will disappear forever.)

After typing out these words, I felt compelled to email them to our friend who was out with my husband. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea, but it wouldn’t let me alone. I felt a relentless urging to send them. I reluctantly obeyed.

It turns out that just days later, on the next Tuesday morning, our dear friend was life-flighted out of our tiny town to the hospital with heart trouble. He later said that these words brought him much comfort during that time of sickness and healing.

Now I know why I felt so compelled to send it!

Our friend is also a very talented musician. He put this poem to music and created a quite beautiful song.

As you can probably imagine, this little poem holds a special place in my heart.

The Valley

Lord, I’m as low as I can be

I’ve lost it all

And yet somehow I know

You’re right beside me

And I never am alone

So Lord, though my heart bleeds

I thank You for this valley

I know You hold me in Your hands

On the mountain I shall be with You

For I never am alone

Lord, as I cry out in pain

It’s Your name I seek

For though I mourn and weep

You’re here with me

And I never am alone

So Lord, though my heart bleeds

I thank You for this valley

I know You hold me in Your hands

On the mountain I shall be with You

For I never am alone

Lord, as I lie here in this valley so deep

The pain has knocked me off my feet

I look up to You

and Your strength brings me to my knees

For I never am alone

So Lord, though my heart bleeds

I thank You for this valley

I know You hold me in Your hands

On the mountain I shall be with You

For I never am alone

What do you think? When you find yourself deep in the valley, do you feel the Lord’s presence with you, or is it difficult to remember that He is there?

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