Here’s the thing about the valley, your perspective changes. On the mountain top, where I’ve been so often, so many many, many more times than I deserve, I can see so far! I can see so much! I can see beauty and snow-caps and trees and little charming towns and sunsets and mist and mornings and green and growth and every bit of wonder imaginable. That’s what the mountain top gives us – a view. A view of so, so much. I love the mountain top – who wouldn’t? The valley, however, well, there is not much to see in the valley. Walls on either side. Steep inclines. Darkness. That’s what a valley is really, a darkness, a hole, a grave with both ends knocked out. It’s not easy to walk the valley. It’s hard to take the next step and the next and the one after. It is so deep and dark.
Today I realized what a blessing that darkness is. It is God’s great generosity and wisdom that darkens the valley, that limits our perception, that restricts our view. For in that shallow sight, there are few distractions. There is nothing to see, nothing to draw attention, nothing to disrupt from the truth – the simple, pure, awesome truth that
Breathe in. Breathe out. I am still here.