Many of us are waiting for a sunrise. We labor for what seems like years through a valley of darkness.
We hold desperately to the hope of witnessing a beautiful sunrise outside the valley. The joy-filled moment when glorious light finally illuminates the sky and all around us.
Is it possible to see beauty before the sunrise?
“You know it’s been almost four years now,” I told my husband.
“Yeah,” he said, “I know, Love. I know.”
“I’m beginning to think God has something else for me,” I sighed.
There are only a few people who understand the weight of my journey, and my husband is just one of the few.
Ten years ago, a terrifying car accident seared an ugly scar into my mind. Then, nearly four years ago, I began intentionally battling my fear of driving.
My journey has been long and frustrating.
It’s like I'm running a marathon through a valley of trials, one after the other, and I so desperately want my journey to be a sprint.
By the grace of God, I'm finally awakening to a sobering truth: My journey isn’t just about overcoming fear.
It’s mostly about knowing Jesus more.
And so, with the ebb and flow of fleshly hesitation and Spirit-filled hope, I'm finally embracing the marathon. Some days I’m struggling through tears, but most of the time, I’m embracing it in laughter and joyous victory. Because God is working in my valley. He's transforming me, and most especially, he’s drawing me closer to him.
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28
There’s beauty in the valley—before the sunrise—but it can only be seen with spiritual eyesight.
It will never be found in the heartache and brokenness of suffering.
On the contrary, it can only be seen in the glimpses of God’s grace amid the suffering: the encouraging words spoken by a friend, the meal prepared in love, the person who patiently listens, or the one day without physical pain.
When we labor through yet another day in a valley, let’s look for these glimpses of beautiful grace, and pray for the spiritual eyes to see them.
“God give me an awareness of your presence right now. Give me spiritual eyes to see your goodness in my life.”
Let’s walk forward, through the valley of darkness, in the beauty and light of God’s presence.
“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
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