I don’t know about you but I’ve certainly been through a few “valleys of weeping” and though I would never have chosen to go through them had I been given a choice, the blessings that have come out have been worth all the tears!
Are you in a valley of weeping today? I want to assure you that you’re not alone. This verse reminds us that it’s not “if” it’s “when” they walk through the valley of weeping… Everyone walks through these valleys in life. But God promises they will become a place of refreshing springs and the autumn rains will clothe them with blessings.
Here are three things you can do while you’re in the valley of weeping that will help along the way. These things have helped me when I’ve been there so I hope they will encourage you:
1. Realize it’s okay to feel sadness and cry when you’re going through a valley. It’s not called the “valley of weeping” for nothing! Don’t feel like you have to pretend everything is fine when it isn’t. So many times when I’ve been overwhelmed and agonizing about something and I just started crying. I have done this many times in my bathroom or while in the shower. While I was talking to God, it turned into crying to him. It’s completely okay to be real with God. When you’re scared or angry or hopeless about a situation, tell God. He can handle it. I often feel better after I’ve had a good crying session with God. He often opens my eyes to see things I couldn’t see before during these times.
2. Reach out and share what you’re going through with a close friend. Choose someone who is a Christian and that you trust. This has helped me so much! When I have been really down and depressed or hopeless and I share it with someone, they often have encouraged me not to give up. You need a friend who can be a good listener. One who won’t minimize your situation but will be an encourager and pray for you. It’s often hard to even know what to pray when you’re really in a deep valley.
3. Find a special Bible verse that encourages you and memorize it. Put it everywhere. On your cell phone as a background. Put it on your laptop as a background image. Write it on a 3×5 index card and keep it in your purse. Write it on a second 3×5 index card and clip on your car visor so every time you get in, you will see it. Every time you start to write in your journal, write that verse out first at the top of each page every day while you’re going through the valley. Write it as a prayer to God. Every time you start to feel sad or think about the situation, read the verse over and over. I don’t care if this sounds a little kooky, just do it.
I have grown much closer to God while going through valleys of weeping than any other time in my life. Can I tell you that this alone has become a refreshing spring clothed with blessings that keep overflowing in my life again and again! I don’t know how God does it but he just does. I guess that is why he is God and we’re not, right? 🙂
Romans 8:28 says; “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
In your life there will be valleys of weeping but God can use it for good! He can bring about a refreshing spring from all your tears!
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