If you are visiting my blog for the first time this morning as a result of Encouragement for Today, I'd like to welcome you.
My devotion this morning was on how to get out of a valley. It's stating the obvious to say that the valleys of life are never fun. I'd much rather stay on the mountain tops of life, where I've got a great view of what's ahead. But that's not how life is. Until we get to heaven, we will spend some of our time in low points where the next step isn't clear, and where suffering and pain is our daily companion.
When I get in those low points, my automatic response is to try and get out - fast. But that's not always possible. It seems the older I get, the more I realize how much of life is outside my control. And because I'm a woman who enjoys being in control, I can find myself in valleys of frustration and fear quickly. Hence, I struggle with acceptance God's will for me at times.
One of my regrets in life is that while in a valley, I might have missed what God wanted to do in or through me because I was consumed with fear. God has been really working in my heart about this issue, and in typical God fashion, He gives me opportunities to practice what I'm learning. This happened just last week.
I went in for my annual mammogram, which is always a source of concern for me. I've been having them since I was 20, due to finding and surgically removing the first of two solid cysts and then fibrocyctic changes. Every year I pray not to get that call saying I need to come back in for follow up images. However, this year, the radiologist called me back in for ultrasounds.
Let me just say that in the past, this could have sent me into a tail spin of fear. While I won't lie - I was a bit concerned - I wasn't afraid. Not like in the past. Instead of frantically praying for God to make those tests normal, I started to pray for God to show me what He wanted me to learn, what He wanted me to do, or how He wanted to change me through this.
What a difference! For one of the first times in my life, when faced with a very scary possibility, I was listening to God instead of telling Him how I thought things should go. My attitude was so different. Instead of being an unwilling voyager in this valley, I saw how God needed me to tune in to Him in order to learn something or do something.
As I was lying on the exam table, I kept praying these same questions. And I heard God say to me something like this: I want you to see that through Me you can have victory over your fear.
Within the next hour, I got a clean bill of health and walked out of there with a "normal" stamp on my report.
I think God had me walk through a valley so I could experience His power. And I might have missed it had I not been listening.
My prayer for you today, is that God shows Himself to you in your valley. I pray that during this difficult time, you choose to be a willing participant in whatever God wants to do. Even though you might be a victim of unchosen circumstances, God has a plan to bring you good. He won't waste this time, and you will once again be on a mountain top where you can look back and give God all the glory!!!
In His Love,