Ever feel like your groping around in the dark when it comes to navigating your course in life? I have certainly walked through some dark times and I really prefer to see the morning light. But life is not just about our preferences.
As I pick back up reflecting on Psalms 23, I chose to focus on vs. 4 today.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (KJV)
As a sheep on the journey with the Shepherd, yes even with the Shepherd, I’m going to walk through some dark, valley-like places. However, the dark terrain we walk through in no way signify that the Shepherd is not present. (No matter how much we lament that we can not sense His presence). It is those times that we need to remind ourselves of us his promise to never forsake us.
When we trust in His presence in our present, there is no need for fear. The desire to see and be in the know creates anxiety but it’s the shepherds job to protect us from the things we can not see in the dark. Even in familiar places, things have a way of looking differently in the dark—those eerie shadows and strange noises have a way of being amplified. It is then that we hear those nagging whispers of:
- It will never happen for you
- Nobody will ever love you
- You’re never going to get there or you’ll never get of this
Although God doesn’t provide a promise of a quick exit from those valley wanderings, He longs to comfort us as we continue to walk with Him.
When going through dark times, what words have you found to be most comforting to you?
- Shadows of Dung, Dry, Death! (melissaphillips.wordpress.com)