The Valleys Below Me
On that day, my deepest gloom and doom, the day that I finally turned it over to my Father God, my life has never been the same. So many years spent, not understanding His love for me, not being able to comprehend that magnitude, left me living a life of despair. Yes I was a Christian; I thought I loved my Father God as much as anyone could. But yet, I did not understand that loving my Father God, meant loving myself too. I did not rejoice in the thing he had made. I did not see the beauty that he could see. On that day, for the first time in my life, I became beautiful, as I rejoiced in what he had made.
As the Lord so kindly laid out to me, the many gifts and talents that he personally blessed me with, that I had long forgotten or shoved aside, he reminded me that with these gifts, come a purpose. Flying high in the Spirit, I said, “Alright Lord, I will begin being who you intend for me to be. That is when I enrolled into the coaching academy. That is when I began taking little steps trying to move forward. My time spent writing increased, even though I had no one to share my stories with.
The Valleys Below Me
Working along, slowly but surely, several months passed. I took a look around me to see how far I had come. I had made progress, but not as much as I had hoped for, or anticipated. So I looked to my Father and said, “Lord, you know, I have been working pretty hard, trying to do the things you want me to do. But Lord, it sure seems like I have been climbing for quite a long time now, how much longer before I reach a destination?” The Lord replied to me, “Well, why don’t we just stop for a moment and take a look and see.”
He instructed me to close my eyes for a few moments in meditation, and I did as instructed. I then heard his voice whisper to me, “As you keep your eyes closed, I want you to mentally open your eyes, and in-vision where you are standing, and tell me what you see?” As I mentally opened my eyes, I turned and looked all around me. “Tell me child, what do you see?”
“I see a most incredible beautiful view! Never have I seen such beauty, it is truly breathtaking!” He whispered, “What is it that you are viewing?” Valleys! Beautiful rich green valleys below me, veined with rivers of sky blue!” He said, “If you are seeing valleys below you, then where are you standing?” I looked to my feet, to see where it was that I was standing. I then suddenly realized, I was standing at the top of the mountain!
A very important lesson was learned that day with my Father, as we stood together on the top of that mountain. The only thing that keeps us from standing on that mountain top continuously, is our own foolish blindness. As we become weakened in doubt, shadows of darkness cover our eyes. Another lesson learned that day; those valleys are truly beautiful too! It is not the valleys that give us so much trouble; it is the stumbling we do in that darkness that creates such turmoil and grief.
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Yes, even after that moment of truth being revealed to me, I still to this day, often find myself stumbling around at times in darkness. The blessing is, I remember that view and I remember, it is mine to claim! Our Lord God gives us all things. All things that we seek, have already been given. However, we can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of his gifts, so we too often walk with little faith, and cannot see what is already before us. The light quickly replaces that darkness, when I remember … remember … that I am an heir of the throne, the throne of the Mighty King of all Kings! All things of darkness has a place, and that place is below my feet. For within this valley I walk, my King walks with me.
1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
There are many wonderful blessings preparing themselves to transpire. These blessings will present themselves because they are gifts presented by our Father God. As these gifts are being prepared, it is our time to prepare ourselves in readiness. How can we expect our Lord to bring his gift to our table, when we have not prepared him that place? Prepare that place, be ready to receive His precious gifts, many wonderful things are preparing to transpire!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
We each having different gifts from our Lord, not one of such gifts, is more beautiful than the other. How magnificent and radiant each gift, depends upon the proportion you yourself use this gift. A gift unopened or unused, is useless.
All scriptures were taken from the New International Version
By Joie Lehman April 19, 2008