Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 29th, 2020
Yea, 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.
Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)
The Valley of the Shadow
According to Maclean’s Magazine, the best weather in Canada is found in BC’s Okanagan Valley. Summerland and Penticton, two communities southwest of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, topped the 2019 list for best weather. They average about 129 days above 20°C, and 255 days above 0°C. Kingsville, Leamington and Chatham-Kent—three communities in the Windsor-Essex region, the southernmost point in Canada—stand out as having consistently more temperate climates than the rest. They have the mildest weather with 264 days above freezing.
Israel is a land full of valleys. Most of them are dry riverbeds that seldom see water. I’ve even been taken to a barren, rocky desert valley on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho that is called the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But the valley that David speaks about isn’t a specific Israeli valley. It is a valley that each of us must walk through at various points in our lives. There is no valley deeper than that of grief. There is no valley more challenging, and none lonelier. King David, the author of Psalm 23, often walked through this valley, and he discovered something wonderful. Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, 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.” We who love the Lord Jesus are never alone. Never. Jesus promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. If you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death right now, ask the Lord to reveal His loving presence. You will find He is right there with you.
These have been words from the heart.