While we look into the valley....

Friday, April 6, 2018

Recently our family had a car for a week.  I'm not going to lie, it was a new kind of freedom. We have walked everywhere or taken public transit since we got here. It was like pure liberation behind the wheel, navigating each turn.  Okay-my husband was driving and I was navigating but it was still liberating.

We decided we would find a lake locals talk about, Lago de Cachi.  We loaded up the kids and off we went.  The drive was amazing and there were these amazing free spots to pull over and view the valley.

While on the look out we had the chance to see the Valle de Orosi.  Breathtaking views, and I think this might have been the first time I ever took in the view of a valley.  It was beautiful, every detailed hand carved by God.  And it's beauty could only be appreciated from the mountain view.

You see our lives are like that too.  We go through hard times, low times.  It's hard to understand the beauty in the moment.  God though allows those places to be carved.  The rivers wind in our soul to be carved into something beautiful.  He allows deep roots to grow.  Life to spring up.  We weather the storms in the valley, but it's only when we climb out and look down that we can ever appreciate the beauty.

In my life I've had my fare share of valleys.  It's taken awhile to stand on a mountain and realize that God did make something from those time.  I'm not sure where you are today.  I'm not sure if you are looking up at a mountain, wondering how big this valley is.  Maybe your at the top and looking down.  No matter the moment we can find beauty in it, knowing that God will use it.

It reminded me a story in 1 Kings 20:

"The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, "This is what the LORD says: 'Because the Arameans think the LORD is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the LORD.'"  (v. 28)
God's promise was proven.  His promise always endures.  Just as God said, Israel's King Ahab and his army totally defeated the Arameans soundly.  But Ben- Haden, the King of Aram, took a year to rebuild his army and he was going back to fight Israel-- this time with a different strategy.

Ben-Hadad's advisors told the king that the "gods" of Israel were the "gods of the hills."  They tried to convince their King that the reason they lost was because they were on the hill, and that if they battled in the plains they would win.  God said that he would prove he was the God of the hills AND valleys.  Then everyone "will know that I am the LORD."

Isn't it wonderful to now that our God is with us in the valleys and the hills.  During the times of great blessing God is there. We get to soak up his presence and look out at the awe of his work.  During the valley experiences, I promise you that God is there too!  We depend on his strength to make it through, but once we do-- what a view...


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