I was reading Psalm 23 recently, and along the line, I veered into reading about valleys, so as to appreciate its fourth (4th) verse, i.e. “…though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…,’’ better. Please, permit me to share some of the points I came across with you here.
By definition, Valleys are low areas between hills. That is, they are made up of high and low grounds! They are either V or U shaped! While the V shaped (River) Valleys are formed by the turbulence of flowing rivers, the U shaped (Glaciers) Valleys are formed by the turbulence of glaciers (i.e. mass of ice). That means, Valleys and turbulence goes hand in hand.
However, Valleys are not about turbulence alone, because at their ends, are areas called Floodplains, which are quieter, and rich in goodies like valuable sediments, oil and gas, gold, diamonds, tin, and iron. They also harbour rich ecosystems, and are suitable for fishing, farming, housing, and transportation.
Some famous Valleys are the Nile Valley (Egypt/Sudan/Ethiopia/Uganda), Jordan Valley (Israel), Swat Valley (Pakistan), and the Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA).
Figuratively speaking, any human situation, which goes hand in hand with high and low moments, plus turbulence, can be described as a ‘Valley situation’. Examples include sicknesses, joblessness, poverty, lack of help, debt, loneliness, divorce, bereavement, etc.
It is good to know though, that ‘Valley situations’ doesn’t last forever (2 Corinthians 4:17), and are beneficial in the end (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:12). Ultimately, they end in what I call ‘Divine Floodplains’, which like their regular counterparts, are quieter than their corresponding ‘Valley situations’, and they are full of goodies as well (Psalm 84:6 (NLT). So, we have no strong reason to dwell in our ‘Valley situations’ endlessly; we must walk through them. The legendary King David walked through his successfully (Psalm 23:4)!
But, let me warn you that you cannot walk through your ‘Valley Situation’ into your ‘Divine Floodplain’ successfully on your own; you sure need Jesus Christ to help you (John 15:5). You also need the word of God to guide you (Psalm 119:105). Prayer and fasting, with absolute faith in God are also very vital to earn His assistance (Matthew 17:21, Hebrews 11:6). If you apply all these points, then God will gladly help you out (Isaiah 41:10).
Are you currently in the ‘Valley of sicknesses’? If you are, then, be ready to move out into the ‘Floodplain of divine healing’ without delay (1 Peter 2:24). Are you presently in the ‘Valley of lack’? If your answer is yes, then, be ready to move into the ‘Floodplain of abundance’, where God will supply all your need through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:19).
Perhaps you are in the ‘Valley of loneliness’ today, please don’t worry; get ready to move into the ‘Floodplain of divine connection’; top-notch friendship (Psalm 84:11). Hey, are you still in the ‘Valley, of weeping’? If you are, then, get ready to move into the ‘Floodplain of joy’ (Psalm 30:5).
Friend, I encourage you to be strong and steadfast, and very soon, you will move out of your ‘Valley situation’ , and make it to your ‘Divine Floodplains’, stronger and better off, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies