“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
A baby takes its only remaining breath. A family’s heart is broken.
The words “cancer” come slowly out of a doctor’s mouth. A young mother cries.
An old woman quietly breathes her last as her family sits in silence around her.
Tragedy strikes in unknown ways, yet, in each and every situation–God is there. We don’t understand. We question. We doubt. We cry. We rage.
“Why, why, WHY?” we demand.
We get no satisfactory answers.
Many questions will never be answered in this lifetime. We begin to doubt God’s power or even his very existence.
I think of David, the shepherd boy–the king. Even when things looked bleakest, when he had doubts and fears, he came to God.
The 23rd Psalm holds so much truth. I’m sure many people who’ve not read much of Scripture are at least familiar with those words. I try to envision what they meant to David. He knew exactly what it was to be a shepherd: The responsibility, the care, the concern for the sheep. If only one were lost–the shepherd was committed to finding it and bringing it home.
If one lamb was lost in a dark place, a scary place–it didn’t stop the shepherd. The shepherd sought out the lamb and brought it home. Perhaps it was an unknown sinister valley, filled with dangers. The shepherd did not abandon his charge. No, he walked though the darkness to find what belonged to him and bring it home safely.
We read familiar words: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Even in the darkest valley.
He is there.
Prayer: Lord God, thank You for the wisdom and insight that has been passed down to us through the ages. May the words we hear that teach of You never become old and stale and trite. May we feel Your strength as our Shepherd as You bring us through the darkest night. Amen
About the Author:
deni weber believes that the only true way to deal with chronic challenges is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her challenges have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest desire that her lessons may be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. Her website is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement – deni can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .