“…even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” Psalm 23
In the Middle East, rains are rare, but when they come, many times, they are intense.
In their intensity they carve out channels in dessert, many times through mountain passes.
This makes them necessary to travel through in order to complete your journey and to arrive at your final destination.
The dangerous things about these is that they are deep, full of shadows.
The rains can even be taking place farther away but the water rushes in, causing many to lose their life or suffer injury.
The shepherds refer to these as “ the valleys of the shadow of death”.
To walk through these valleys is to battle fear.
If not from rains, then from robbers or beast lurking in the dark.
It is a place of anxiety.
Many times it is the anticipation of these valleys that robs the traveler from the joy of the journey.
They can mistake the valley for the final destination.
The journey does not end in the valley, but you must go through the valley to reach the destination.
The traveler that stays in a valley has lost sight of the destination and is being paralyzed by fear.
They have lost sight of the promise.
They have lost sight of the shepherd.
The good shepherd does not lose a single sheep.
The sheep will not be lost in the valley if they follow the shepherd.
The sheep are incapable of dealing with the anxiety and overcoming their fears.
The shepherd is capable.
The shepherd has never lost sight of the destination.
When the sheep are focused on the valid fear around them.
The shepherd is focused on the destination.
We will not dwell in the valley.
We will dwell in the house of the Lord.
The house of the shepherd.
Forever and ever, Amen.
May you listen to the shepherd and follow Him, instead of trying to overcome your fears and anxieties. It is not about what you can do, it is about what He has done and will do. Trust in Him. We all must go through valleys. Lets not compare ourselves to those that are not in them, for their journey will take them through one at some point. May we encourage them to follow, as we follow ourselves.
May God bless us and keep us
May He cause His face to shine upon us
and Give us peace