“Even though I walk through the darkest valley” (Psalm 23:4). Yes, valleys can be dark. And valleys can be shadowy.
But let’s not overlook the hidden blessings in the valley.
In the valley you can experience the blessing of refreshing water. In the valley are rivers and streams and springs and quiet pools. While traveling in the hot summer, your thirst is refreshed by the water in the valley.
In the valley you can experience the blessing of quieting surroundings. In the valley are soft, green meadows and fragrant, beautiful flowers. While on your journey, the surroundings of the valley calm your troubled heart and mind.
In the valley you can experience the blessing of needed nourishment. In the valley are overgrown wild berries and untouched fruit trees. While walking through the valley, you enjoy a needed boost.
Haven’t you found this to be true? That even in the midst of your deepest trials, you find moments of spontaneous joy and surprising breakthroughs and signs of God’s goodness. Hidden blessings. Not all is doom and gloom.
Once the people of Judah heard that an invading army was approaching. They prayed desperately and praised God in faith. And the Lord brought about a surprising answer. Their enemies had destroyed each other, and God’s people took three days to collect what their enemies had left behind.
Before they left that valley, they gave God praise and named the place the Valley of Blessing.
On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the LORD there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today (2 Chronicles 20:26, NLT2).
God walks with us through the lowest points and darkest valleys in our lives. And in the valleys, we discover blessings.
God brings you the blessings of the refreshing water of life, and the quieting surroundings of his peace, and the needed nourishment in his Word as you walk through the valley to higher ground.
This is God’s Word for you today,