The valley experience.

 

During my childhood and teen years, one thing we did as a family was attend summer camp (or “church camp”) every year.

It was something i always looked forward to because i knew God would do something. I mean, how could He not? it was camp after all.  That is where God showed up. i knew everyone would have “mountain top experience”, because that’s just what always happened. And at the end of camp every single year, they always told us to hold on to this mountain top experience and not let it just be a “mountain top experience”. And from what i understood in my tiny little teenage brain was that needed to try to live in that experience.

But that’s just not realistic.

Can i get a “uh huh, honey.” Right? Like, it’s just not.

And honestly, it’s not very appealing to me. Who wants to be stuck on top of a mountain? not me. Sure, its pretty for a time but darling after a while you got to move on.

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“What goes up must come down”. The only person to have ever challenged this statement (as far as i know) was Jesus. He came down fist and then went up. But that’s beside the point.

With every mountain, comes a valley.

Growing up i was terrified of the valley. Let’s be real, who wants to get stuck in the valley? No one. Of course now i do feel a bit bad because i don’t think i gave the valley a fair chance.

As i’ve taken a step back and sort of examined my life and all of the mountains and valley’s, I’ve realized something. I can confidently state that “God is and has always been with me.”

However, the one trend I’ve noticed is that it’s often in the valley’s of my life that He really shows up. When my life feels (and probably looks) like an icky pile of dry bones…

HE MEETS ME THERE.

And He says, “Behold, i will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.”

He breathes life into my dryness.

He breathes life into my sin, my shame, my unworthiness, my brokenness.

He breathes life into me and He calls me His daughter.

 I am no longer afraid of the valleys because I know that He’s going to meet me there. I find it’s times when i feel the least worthy, that He is the most worthy.

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*** Disclaimer ***

I am not discounting the power of a mountain top experience.

All i’m saying is that it’s usually when I’m at my lowest, that He’s at his highest.

I tend to find the most freedom in the valley experience.

I’m saying all of this because i want you to know that you’re not alone. If you are stuck in a valley, don’t you start thinking that God can’t do anything with you. Because honey, just like all of your fears— you are dead wrong.

God’s power is not scared of your position.

A lot of times when we are stuck in this ditch (or, valley) we feel exposed and vulnerable to all of the attacks of the enemy. But what we don’t realize is that we are also vulnerable to the wonders of our creator.

He sees your valley as an opportunity to show off His greatness. And i encourage you to see it the same way.

you’re loved,

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