In the Valley

valleyYesterday, sitting around feeling quite sorry for myself and all that I can’t do or be a part of right now (like this huge conference our church hosted this weekend!), I decided to turn on some Sovereign Grace music.  I’ve learned in the midst of trials that music seems to be a surefire way for the Lord to re-center my swirling thoughts on Him, His goodness to me in sending His Son to the cross and even His nearness in the face of suffering and hardship.  “In the Valley” came on and tears starting pouring down my cheeks.  The words, which I’ve listened to hundreds of times, took on new meaning as I looked at my pregnancy and the sickness that accompanies it as my valley.  While God has crowned my life with this precious little one in my womb, I must first pick up my cross.  There is a low which must be endured before I have the joy of experiencing the heights.  And in this low valley of facing every day with severe nausea, vomiting and fatigue, God is performing the glorious work of making me more like Christ.  He’s purging sin that’s been hidden under layers of self-sufficiency and revealing in greater depth how He, Jesus, is my everything.  And He is all I need.

If you’ve never listened to this song, click here to purchase and download.  The beautiful lyrics are below…

When You lead me to the valley of vision
I can see You in the heights
And though my humbling wouldn’t be my decision
It’s here Your glory shines so bright
So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown
To be low is to be high
That the valley’s where You make me more like Christ

Let me find Your grace in the valley
Let me find Your life in my death
Let me find Your joy in my sorrow
Your wealth in my need
That You’re near with every breath
In the valley

In the daytime there are stars in the heavens
But they only shine at night
And the deeper that I go into darkness
The more I see their radiant light
So let me learn that my losses are my gain
To be broken is to heal
That the valley’s where Your power is revealed

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