“When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings”. Psalm 84:6 New Living Translation (2007)
Ever have one of those weeks? When it just seems that Murphy’s Law has come to live at your address and follow you around like a shadow? Last week was one of those for me. Lots of stuff going on from all sides and it seemed that Friday could not come fast enough.
But even in the troubles and toils that were life last week, I was reminded that God is always present. I posted a quick Facebook message one day that basically said something along the lines of “you ever have one of those days” and I got a great message from a childhood friend back in my hometown that simply said “Remember that NOTHING touches you that hasn’t gone through HIS hands first. Praying for you today.” What a great note of encouragement to get!
How easy it is to forget that everything that happens to us is part of God’s plan. Even the not so enjoyable stuff is all part of his design for our lives. We can get so mired in worry, defeat, even self-pity that we lose our vision for His vision for us. These things we call trials are part of God’s plan to shape us and prepare us for his purpose for us. Like a hurdle for a track runner that helps to train and condition them to be a better athlete, our hurdles of life help us learn to be better followers of Christ.
“Nothing touches you that hasn’t gone through His hands first” whatever we are facing on any given day, it is placed in our path by God. Those are the moments when we can both get defeated and discouraged, or, we can look up and stand tall knowing that nothing we are facing is forever. We may be passing through the valley of weeping but in time it will become a refreshing spring. What seems dark to us today will become new and beautiful in the future. We just have to trust God to see us through to the right season of renewal.
Psalm 27:14 says “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” (New Living Translation 2007) We can stand tall in the face of adversity and trials because we know that in the right time we will come through on the other side better for it spiritually. As the old Kung Fu movies used to say “patience grasshopper”.
Learning to trust in God and wait patiently while still being brave and courageous is a learned skill. Just as the track runner practices jumping hurdles to become better, so to do we need to practice our learning to wait on the Lord to help us grow in faith.
Next time you start to have “one of those days” remember – that we can stand tall, brave and courageous and nothing touches us without God letting it.