For most people I know, 2020 would be described as a valley. A valley with sinking sand surprises scattered throughout, insurmountable hurdles, and pain at every turn. We all heard the phrase “2021 is a new year! Surely it will be better!” Only to turn the calendar page and realize it’s more of the valley. It seems as if you can’t see the mountain! Surely it’s here somewhere. It has to be soon! Maybe it’s right in front of you but it’s completely covered in smoke and it seems as if your valley is never ending.
I don’t know how long your specific valley goes on for, but I DO know that the One who created you knows exactly where your mountain is and where your valley ends. He also knows WHY you are in the valley and what plan He has to accomplish in you through that journey. In her book Calm My Anxious Heart, Linda Dillow says, “Worry doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” We often spend all of our energy looking for the mountain which we cannot see that we miss what God is trying to teach us in the valley. He desires to strengthen you and help you lean on Him more. One day, the rain will come, the smoke will clear, and there, waiting for you, will be a mountain. Until then, rest in His grace for today and understand that He holds you securely right where you are.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7
Serving the Lord in the country of Thailand, Alyssa is the wife of missionary Benjamin Hall and Mom to four young kids with one on the way. Each day seems to bring new adventures as she studies the Thai language, homeschools, and ministers to the many little hands that reach for hers. Of course, music is almost always part of the day, whether by listening, singing, or playing and it now echoes through the voices of little ones. Read Alyssa’s salvation testimony here.