This is pretty much the only picture I have that remotely resembles a valley, since my laptop was stolen a few months ago. ALL pictures lost. Back up your stuff, people. That was definitely a valley of a day, but as the beautiful Puritan prayer below explains, God shows His glory in our valleys. And on that day He did. But that’s a different story for a different day.
THE VALLEY OF VISION:
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths
but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.
Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find
Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin,
Thy riches in my poverty,
Thy glory in my valley.
AH, isn’t it beautiful? I’m sure lots of people have already read this, but it was fresh for me. I read it yesterday as part of a study I’m doing with some girlfriends, and it did a remarkable work on my hardened heart. And now I’m obsessed with Puritan prayers. I spent some time today and yesterday staring at it, thinking about what God wanted me to see in it. Thankfully, He made Himself very clear. . . The Valley is a permanent place for the Christian, not determined by life’s circumstances, but by a willingness to put yourself in the Valley for the sake of humility. Through the scriptures, I learned that the humble not only get grace, but they also get a lot of other awesome things like:
times of refreshing
the gift of His presence
a fruitful life
knowledge of the Truth
and more. . .
And just like I’d asked, my eyes were opened again to the beauty of brokenness. So as my Lord did so painfully, I, in His power, will push myself into the Valley so that I can more clearly see the Glory of my Maker. I know He’s worth it.