Vision in the Valley, Hope in the Hills

(The title of this wade is a direct quote from Adrian Rogers)

What a wonderful answer for the question of “Why is this happening?” When Jesus was here, He said that there would be times of trial for everyone. It should come as no surprise, so how we handle it depends on Faith. Psalm 23 is one of the first Bible verses I learned. The first, of course, was “The Lord’s Prayer” or John 3:16, but the twenty-third Psalm has been set to music and sung by choirs for centuries, so it would naturally be at the top of my memory list. I have been in the valley too often. I brought most of it on, myself, but then there are those times when, most unexpectedly, the bottom falls out. As the years pass, it seems they come more frequently as the seats at GOD’s table fill. Joy isn’t the first emotion. There is the loss of someone dear (along with the knowledge that the next one could be my time), but it does take action on my part to ‘celebrate’. I have a fellow graduate from Mount Pleasant High School who keeps me informed and she has tallied our absence at roll call to be around 60 ‘absents’. I am uncertain as to just how many “here”‘s there were in 1949, but my remaining classmates fill one row in a church. We will all have to face the dark valley, but we do not have to cross it alone. Psalm 23 says, “Thou art with me!”. Realization of that has lifted my eyes to a brightness of the VISION on the other side where the hill of “HOPE” is yet to climb. I have walked lonesome valleys all my life, but not ALONE, HE has walked with me and even ‘carried’ me when assailed by doubt, everytime. Job praised GOD for every one of his torments. We can only do likewise in the strength of FAITH, donchaknow. That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN

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