Friday, July 11, 2008

I've been on a journey....

For the last several weeks I've been on a journey. This journey is one of those you didn't sign up for or even know you were going on. You begin the journey and as the days go on you look around and nothing seems to be going as it should. I have been on many a journey like this over the years, spiritually speaking. You see I start off on top of the mountain, were I like to be sitting as close as I can with the Lord. In past I'd start my journey much like the one I've been on without knowing. As I'm taking this journey I take many turns, twists, and curves in the road, along with loads of bumps. At some point I look up and see that I'm descending down into the valley. Oh' I've been in the valley many times for many different things like cancer, Jonathan's birth, surgeries, death, finance, and sickness. Each part of the valley is so different and offers to give a new life lesson. While in the valley all I can do is cry out to the Lord, seek Him for strength and peace.

The other morning I awoke and went to Gods Word to seek that strength and peace. While reading I was asking God to give me a word from Him, I found none. Later that afternoon I sat in my laundry room floor with a mountain of laundry around me waiting to be folded. As, I sat there I began to speak to the Lord and ask Him why I found no peace from His word, and that I wanted to come back out of the valley in which I sat. At that moment God spoke to mt heart and gave me scripture. This wasn't just any scripture but a Psalm I had learned in 3rd grade in public school from a wonderful godly woman Mrs. Lyle. After all these years God was placing that scripture that I can still recite to this day in my heart.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in
green pastures;
He leads me beside the still
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of
For His name sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me in
the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of
the Lord
Forever. Psalms 23

This did speak peace and comfort to my heart. Am I back on top of the mountain? NO! It took sometime to reach the valley, but God has given me what I needed while here so, now I'm on the long journey back out of the valley and to the top of the mountain. While sitting in the valley I've never ask God why, why not me. The valley isn't fun or enjoyable but the blessing you receive while there are a great reward. Looking back over time I've always been thankful for my valley experiences, because they have all brought me closer to my Lord and Savior.


A Walk in My Flip Flops said...

Moma You are the best, Thats the Best post ever. You teach us so Much even When were not looking for it. Thanks for Helping me when I'm in the Vally. I LoVe yOu!!!

Christina said...

Man Laura, awesome post....I've had many trips into the valley and I've learned so much from them.

I got your message about Rosetta Stone. Do call me this week if you have time.

Mrs. Tara said...

my friend, i love you and i miss you. i have known you are hurting or have something going on but have not known what to do other than pray and tell you I love you. hope to see you soon- I really need a hug from you my friend!