In 1937 Thomas Dorsey wrote “Peace in The Valley” for Mahalia Jackson. It has been recorded by everyone imaginable. The lyrics are hopeful, a FINAL day of peace. It talks about peace in the valley in the future. Well, my future in Heaven will not be a valley. And truthfully, the valleys seem to all be in the here and now. Yet, I can have PEACE in the VALLEY now according to scripture. God’s word says,
Psalm 23:4 (NASB)
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.“
It seems with every year I have found myself saying on December 31st, “next year will be better.” I look over what has been and think it cannot get worse, then it does. The year my parents both had open heart surgery and my oldest brother was in the horrible car wreck that ruined his life, also brought a loss job for my husband, an unfavorable medical diagnosis for myself and several other calamities. Since then I’ve had a brother killed in a plane crash, more job loses, both parents and a parent in law went on to be with the Lord. We’ve had a daughter almost killed in a collapsed building during a tornado, a granddaughter needing a stomach pumped, more car wrecks, more illnesses, foreclosure and losing my dream house … heart-break after heart-break. Sometimes it just seems to keep coming and you think, when will the feasting years come. In the Bible Joseph had bad years followed by good years. King Solomon had great years. So then why can’t we? We do, we just don’t see it that way because we’re looking at the circumstances. So many times we look at our lives when we need to look around us, or across the world, to see just how good we do have it in our life.
No matter what you are going through, God doesn’t make mistakes. With the bad comes His presence. If you focus on the bad of the circumstance you stumble. When you look back and see all He’s brought you through you know He can carry you through it all. Remind yourself daily all God HAS brought you through, all HE has done for you. Don’t let people tell you He won’t give you more than you can handle. That’s not what that scripture means anyway. He’ll never allow more to touch you that will cause you to lose your faith and give up. You might feel like you’re going to, but, He’ll be there and He’ll remind you who He is and what He’s done. We truthfully have no idea how much we can handle anyway. I just need to remember that all goes through His hand’s before it ever touches me.
So with this new year I’ll not worry about if it’s all going to turn around and be great. Neither will I “borrow trouble” as mom liked to say. I’ll take each day as He gives it, thanking Him for all the blessings that satan* tries to make me forget by enticing me to look at the circumstances in life. This year, 2015, will bring what He allows. Good or bad does not matter as I can rejoice in Him regardless. I will soon welcome my fifth grandchild. Grandchildren are wonderful blessings. My two daughters are blessings. We are about to celebrate 38 years of marriage. I’m looking at a cold and clear blue sky with white puff clouds. I see a variety of large wading birds out back. The heat is on and I am toasty, the cat is purring. Hubby’s casting for that big one. I may see the bobcat walk by, or the flock of wild turkeys. God’s creation is beautiful, He cares about every detail. He cares about me and all my details. He’s not ignoring them, He’s allowing them. I can take comfort in knowing they will work to my good regardless of whether they or good things or bad. Blessings are everywhere.
Romans 8:28 NASB
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
I’m looking forward to 2015 Lord. Help me to trust You each day, keeping my focus on You and not whatever the day brings. Teach me.
*satan is always lower case in my writings, because he is one.