When I logged on this morning this first thing I saw was the Daily Writing Prompt. Now, I have seen them before, they all seem very interesting but never really spoke to me however today’s was different: Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for fifteen minutes. It is funny what can send you into a total reflective mode; and, for that I say thank you Daily Prompt.
The last song I remember hearing before getting out of the car this morning is titled “My God Is Awesome”. Possibly the reason this prompt spoke to me is because this is one of my favorite songs. Nonetheless, the third line of this song (depending on how you look at it) is – Keep Me in the Valley, it then goes on to say Hide Me from the Rain. (Keep Me in the Valley, Hide Me from the Rain).
The past 18 months of my life’s journey have been a roller coaster ride to say the least, it has vacillated between the long slow climb up the first incline of the coaster to the brief pause at the top peak to the instant yet surprising downward plunge of the first hill.
During the starting months of this roller coaster ride of a time, I was working a job that I did not particularly care for, was pregnant, in a relationship and then not in a relationship. It was not until today, this Daily Prompt, that song lyric, that I realized that the Lord is faithful and has been ever so to me. While in the valley’s of these past months He truly has hidden me from the rain. I cannot even imagine (nor do I want to)what or where I would be had the Lord not sheltered me when I thought my life sucked. It is now through thoughtful reflection that I can see that He is using this time to bring me into a closer relationship with Him and to teach me some things about myself. I am learning the emotion behind Psalms 23. Meaning, that when I feel that valley moment approaching , when I walk “through the valley of the shadow of death” that God is with me, that He comforts me, and that with Him I do not need to fear. I am more than a conqueror! But, here is the real beauty of being kept in the valley and hidden from the rain: even during my early difficult moments God gave me Joy. In July 2012 I accepted a new position that I absolutely love and most importantly I welcomed my precious love, my son! Both of these things are sweeter because of the preceding disappointments. They give me life! Sure there are times where I think I can not make it or how can I do this or the classic Why ME?. But, through it all, I have learned God is Faithful – He is Good, and if you allow him to hide you from the rain while in the valley moments of life, if you can trust Him he will give you Joy. So what am I trying to say: I am simply saying that I am growing and changing, I am leaning and depending, I am trusting and letting go. And, because of this I know I will continue to experience Joy even while being kept in the Valley.
Don’t forget to be the sweet in someone’s day! BSM