“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.” (Psalm 23:4)
It’s no secret that the shadow of death is present, especially in these times. Seems like it’s been here for a long time. As it’s covers and hovers over the earth, we as humanity right now learn to adjust to this bizarre “new normal.”
Earlier this morning, I sat listening to a sermon covering the entirety of Psalm 23. It’s a beautiful and popular psalm. I know I hear it in funerals a lot. It reads about God being our shepherd while providing peace and comfort.
While listening, this one particular verse seemed to resound in my heart like a bell. It peals loudly of peace, promise, protection, and comfort during a time of darkness, death, and uncertainty. You can be that my heart immediately took hold to delight in this truth.
However, three words in the fourth verse grabs my attention: “through the valley.”
Not just me but the entire world is currently in the valley right now. Between conflicting reports from the media and what’s projected ahead, it may seem like what we’re experiencing will be endless. There’s no relief or “light at the end of the tunnel” in sight. This is where we are to remain.
Not so with God.
As God graciously continues to give you and I tomorrows, we continue to walk through the valley while going in one direction: forward.
I can’t give you a time frame of when all this will end. But I do know that God is here with you and I in this dark and uncertain valley season. We don’t have to fear. His rod and staff keeps us in line and protecting us from dangers and evil seen and unseen.
Valleys do eventually have an end. You and I are not supposed to stay in them. With God by our side, we won’t. We are not stuck or trapped with no way out, even though it may feel like it.
I speak to you but I also speak to myself. In this moment, in this season, keep walking, keep trusting, and remaining close to God. He promises to be our guide as we walk through the valley and to the very end. I can tell you this pandemic, this crisis, is most certainly NOT the end.
We will get through this. We will get through the valley.