On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone
Tauren Wells, Hills and Valleys (The Valleys Version)
I don’t have a post this week with intelligent back thought and thousands of Scripture references. I didn’t spend two weeks getting the wording exactly right. I didn’t send this to my friends to edit and revise. I simply write from the heart and from a transparency of where I am right now. For months, I’ve been on the mountain top of faith. Even when things weren’t going my way, I was filled with joy and happiness and kept my bubbly persona. Right now, however, I find myself in the valley. I choose to not be embarrassed by this. I choose to be real, and to remind my readers that it is okay to not feel okay all the time. In the transformation that comes with knowing Christ, He never asks us to stop being human. The reality of our humanity is that sometimes things hurt. Sometimes the enemy pushes in a place we weren’t prepared for him too. I think of the scene in the Incredibles where Helen explains to her children about the bad guys they are about to face. “Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? Well, these guys aren’t like those guys. They won’t exercise restraint because you are children. They will kill you if they get the chance. Do not give them that chance.” Satan is this kind of bad guy. He doesn’t hold himself back from the low blows. He searches for the weakest area in your life and hits it full force.
There is, though, a difference between the pain I’m experiencing now and the pain I’ve experienced in the past. There has not been one moment, nor will there ever be, that I’ve forgotten who my Father is. The enemy being bad does not mean my God is not good. “You are good and do only good.” (Psalm 119:68a) I have a peace and a hope. My God has already overcome. No matter what the enemy hits me with, I am confident that my God can, will, and is at this very moment rescuing me. I do not serve a God that exists only on the mountain. I serve a God who walks with me through the valleys. I am at peace knowing that this is only for a season. What I feel is nothing compared to the joy that’s coming. That is my declaration, and that is my hope.
I am loved. I am desired. No lie can convince me otherwise. He is the God of the hills and the valleys.