Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 | NIV
I love the mountaintop where it’s bright and fresh and one feels on top of the world. But life cannot be all mountaintop experiences. There are valleys to cross, and sometimes they are dark valleys. The Bible speaks of the darkest valley, the valley of the shadow of death. People walk that valley in times of great trouble.
My husband walked that kind of valley a year ago when he thought he was losing me. He walked it alone. Certainly, there were caring people around, but the impending loss was so personal that he was walking the valley alone.
He got through it, and I like to think that God was walking beside him, comforting him with the rod and staff. Today, I am thankful that no matter how dark the valley we must walk, God is with us, comforting us with every step. Yes, valleys are low and they can be dark, but often there are streams of living water to refresh us on the journey.
There is glory on a mountaintop, but there is grace-filled comfort in a valley.