Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 17th, 2021

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

Psalm 23:4 (NLT)

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Dark Valley

The Rocky Mountain Trench is a long and deep valley extending approximately 1,500 km from the Bitterroot Valley in northwest Montana through British Columbia to the Liard Plain just south of the Yukon Territory. Its predominantly flat floor is 3–20 km wide and ranges in elevation between 600 m and 1,000 m above sea level. With walls made of sedimentary, volcanic and igneous rock, the Trench is sometimes referred to as the “Valley of a Thousand Peaks” because of the towering mountain ranges on either side.

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There are valleys and then there are valleys. The valleys we love are those with gently rolling hills, green verdant fields and refreshing streams. The valleys we don’t love are those filled with rocky paths, towering cliffs and no easy way out. These valleys lead to fear and doubt. King David found himself in such valleys – not literally, but certainly figuratively. He wrote about them in Psalm 23:4: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” The King James Version of the Bible translates the valley as the valley of death, and there is no deeper valley than that of losing a loved one. However we end up in that dark valley, we have the same assurance that David did – God is with us, close beside us, protecting and comforting us. What a wonderful promise. It was a unique aspect of the nature of the God of Israel – He alone was the God who chose to draw close to those who walked with Him by faith. He still does. Jesus promises that He will never leave us or forsake us.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley