Ezekiel 3:22-23 Then the Lord took hold of me, and He said to me, “Go out into the valley, and I will talk to you there.” So I got up and went, and there I saw the glory of the Lord. (NLT)
Our life journey consists of mountaintops, valleys, and the occasional flat plain. Lately it seems like I’ve spent more time in the valley than I want to. Living with a mentally ill family member sometimes feels like taking up residence in a valley. But when I look back at my life, it’s in those valleys where I’ve made the most progress in my faith, where I’ve seen the glory of the Lord, and those valleys are never permanent.
Valleys can seem like dark places because the sun is blocked by the surrounding mountains a good part of the day. But here’s another thing about being in a valley: You can’t help but look up, and when you look up you see God’s glory.
What does the glory of the Lord look like?
It’s strength when I feel like I’m done. It’s peace when I feel agitated. It’s comfort when things look overwhelming and I feel alone.
So being in the valley isn’t all bad. And the road through the valley will eventually lead you out either into a spacious plain or on a road that takes you up to the mountaintop.
If you’re in a valley, look up. God’s glory is there.