“Here I am once again in the valley of loneliness, alone in the dark with questions racing through my mind and stuck in this same situation. No matter what I do or where I go, I feel alone.”
Welcome to my pity party.
Have you ever felt lonely to the point that no one, not even your best friend, knew what you were going through? Have you ever been in that deep, dark valley of loneliness, where it seems nobody knows what you face day after day. My friend, I’ve thought the same thing many times in my life. It’s true, not everybody will or can relate to what you face everyday. They may try, but in the end they don’t really understand because they haven’t gone through the circumstances you have been through.
This past month I have been in a valley and really began having a pity party about how nothing good ever happens to me. I was focused on what I couldn’t do in life versus all the things I can do for myself. I’d try to think on the daily tasks I’ve learned to accomplish over the years. But then I would think, “Who cares if I can do routine tasks?” and other ridiculous “if” questions that I can’t do anything about. I had several crying fests alone with the Lord. I finally woke up and realized that the Lord has given me so many blessings in my life, like being independent in taking care of myself and the ability to do tasks that others aren’t able to do for themselves.
Jesus cares for you, loves you and wants the best for you. He tells us in John 16:33 “…In the world shall ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Yes, we will all face difficult circumstances—some of us more than others—but with the Lord’s help and strength we can get through the depressing valleys.
In Psalm 18:32, the Bible says, “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” (Perfect means complete or whole.) As Christians we will one day look back at all the valleys and mountaintops we journeyed through and see we made it because we held onto His hand.
Today, I woke up with “No Stranger to the Valley” in my head, a song I listened to a couple of years ago. This song talks about going through valleys in life and how with the Lord’s help you made it through. I hope this song will encourage you as you go through your week.
Here I am again, this place seems so familiar to me. I remember this feeling and the tears, how they bought me to my knees. The hopelessness I feel right now will only last a while, for I know the land of blessing lies just beyond this trial.
Lord, I feel your presence so much stronger today, here in this valley I know You’re testing my faith. And if it makes me more like You, this is where I want to be. I’ve been here before, I’m no stranger to the valley.
I will smile again, these tears will dry, and I’ll look back to see the reason for this journey, when I’m standing high on the mountain peak. And when I reach the other side I’ll clearly understand, that I made it through each valley cause I held onto Your hand.
Lord, I feel your presence so much stronger today, here in this valley I know You’re testing my faith. And if it makes me more like You, this is where I want to be. I’ve been here before, I’m no stranger to the valley. (And if it makes me more like You, this is where I want to be. I’ve been here before, I’m no stranger to the valley.)