The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.
As I looked down from the mountain yesterday, I saw the valley below me.
When I drive, I sing.
At different times, the lyrics that I am singing resonate in my heart in a significant way.
Today, I experienced just that.
One of my favorite songs is based on the twenty-third Psalm in the Old Testament.
As I was singing along with the music in my car, these words came alive in my heart:
IF I LET MY HEART BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, I CAN SEE BEYOND THE VALLEY TO THE MOUNTAIN OF MY DREAMS.*
Of course, I have known the words from the psalm that say, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil….”
Strangely, I have never considered what it might be like to look beyond the valley I’m in toward the mountain.
That higher place in my journey with God.
The truth is, there have been, and will be, many valleys to go through.
There will also be many mountains.
Mountains of my dreams.
Mountains where the desires of my heart meet the will of God in a perfect union.
If I let my heart believe that God can do anything—-
even when things don’t look very promising,
then I can let my heart believe that He can bring me through any valley I might be traveling in.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
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