Down in the Valley
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.” Psalm 84:5-7
The valley is not an unfamiliar place for me. I often wish my life was more “mountaintop moments” and high points rather than the ugly treks through the valley, but I guess that’s not a realistic view of life.
In Psalm 84, the Valley of Baka was a place outside the city of Jerusalem, but its name translates to “valley of weeping.” In this passage, David paints a picture of God’s children faithfully following Him on a pilgrimage of life that takes them through a place of lamentation.
Most of us, if not all of us, will go through the valley of weeping at one or more points in our lives, but the valley isn’t the end of our journey.
The travelers in Psalm 84 don’t wallow in the Valley of Baka. They don’t grieve or mourn over the hardship they experience. Instead, they “make it a place of springs.” They continue with strength and endurance until they appear before their Father in Heaven.
Each of us as followers of Christ are on a journey, and just like in any hero’s tale, we will endure difficulty. Every time I find myself in the valley I am reminded this world is not my home.At the same time though, the valley serves a purpose for each of us.
The valley isn’t meant to destroy us but to shape us. Without the valley we wouldn’t be prepared for the mountaintop.
Our goal as faithful followers of Christ is to reach the mountaintop, and on that peak we will live in the glory of our Father for eternity. There is a path to every mountain, but in order to reach the top, we must first walk through the valley.
This world isn’t perfect. At times it is able to offer us miniature mountaintop moments, comfort and joy. Be thankful in those moments and cherish the ones God has put in your life to love and be loved by. Celebrate success, have fun and enjoy the little things.
The valley isn’t our destination. It’s just a part of our path. The bitter times remind us of our hope for tomorrow, and the sweet times, although they are so good, give us just barely a taste of what our journey’s destination holds.
Hannah Brewster // @hannahlaurenbrew
Hannah is currently an Okie studying public relations at Oklahoma Christian University. She loves all things brunch, music and chocolate chip cookie dough, and she is a shameless coffee addict. Hannah has a passion to spread joy and hope through sharing her heart through writing.