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As I walked this morning darkness still shrouded the morning sky. The daylight in the evening hours is stretching out but it remains quite dark at my usual hour of awakening. Although I know my neighborhood quite well, there was a slight hesitancy in walking beyond the safety of my own fenced yard in the blackness of the morning. But as I took the first step beyond my comfort zone, I found the next steps came easier and easier. Even so I still walked along the most illuminated parts of the neighborhood.
Rounding the corner, I knew my home was not far away. As I inched closer to my personal oasis, a familiar passage of scripture came to mind.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not fear for thou art with me. Psalms 23:
Yes its one I have known now for years. The 23rd Psalms was one of the first passage of scriptures I memorized as a child. However, I have only come to know the depth of its meaning in my adulthood.
Walking in the dark in my familiar neighborhood is a bit uneasy at times but it is doable because I know the landscape and I have trust that it is a safe place. But in this life I do not always have the privilege of knowing exactly what the terrain of trouble, test, or trial will entail. Truth is in life we often find ourselves walking through valley-like places. Situations that appear taller than us. Circumstances way beyond our control. And it’s in those low dark places that we encounter the shadows of death. It’s there that we hear the words, “you will never make it out of this”, “you are going to die in this”, “things will never change”. Everything looks unfamiliar and the voices within are speaking of your imminent demise.
With all of that going on around and in us, I (we) do not have to give into fear. Just as I had the courage to walk beyond the boundary of my yard because I know the area and I trust that it is safe, we have to remember and to trust in the one who walks with us. It is our knowing that He is there and He knows the way we take that gives us the courage to keep stepping through the dark-see nothing-days of the valley. And as we keep walking, we discover that morning always come.
Have you allowed the darkness in your soul to limit your spiritual mobility? Are the whispers of the enemy threatening to make you throw in the towel?