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)
Last week, I mentioned Caleb Justice and Brett McLean, young men who loved Christ with a passion. They drowned in the White River Falls in central Oregon – at a camp called “Experience the Valley.” What kind of valley was this?
God’s valleys defy definition. His valleys host sheep tripping through restoration. Hungering after righteousness. Comfort beyond words. Relentless goodness and mercy. Solitude of rest. Fresh life. And ultimately a place of His presence.
Caleb and Brett are in the presence of Jesus. They see him face to face today. Makes me wonder if last week was at all a valley for them. Nah – as they arrived in heaven, betcha it was an insanely glorious mountaintop!
I pray the next valley you and I traverse is not so steep. But if it is, I pray we commit to practice the presence of God throughout the encounter. I pray we seek to find the peace and life that await us – as only He defines.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (Jesus, in John 14:27, NIV)
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