Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (Psalm 23:4 ESV)
A valley may be hidden by a mountain and have limited light. It can be a dark place filled with hidden dangers. If we liken that to our spiritual state, a valley would represent problems, hopelessness, depression, and many other difficulties. Our desire may be to climb up a mountain where we feel closer to God and happier because all is going well.
As young students, often times a valley is filled with overwhelming school schedules, homework, and projects. Perhaps relationships and friendships are strained. As adults, the burdens of work, finance, and health might bring us into feelings of despair. The orphans of Casa Hogar Alegre may feel burdened by a deep valley of sadness, trauma, and abuse. They need friends and mentors who can show them the joy and goodness that God is offering them. Whatever the issues are, we can be sure that Jesus will help everyone walk through the valley because we are not supposed to stay there.
Valleys are to be expected and God can use them to strengthen us and instill a spiritual toughness. As he leads the way up the mountain, sometimes he tells us to rest a while before we go any further. And then once we reach the mountaintop, he will reveal the bigger picture of the landscape and give us his perspective on the matters at hand.
When we have God, we have no reason to fear anything. We already know that our lives are forever in his hands. We must continue to walk by faith and not by sight because the devil loves to make troubles appear bigger than what they really are. With God, all problems are temporary and small even though they feel gigantic and impossible to us. He will deliver us and even bring us up the mountain top for relief. But we also must consider that these moments of spiritual highs and respite are preparation for future journeys into valleys. For the ones most experienced in their faith, I believe the Lord wants them to bring others along with them. If we notice someone stuck in the valley, we can extend our hand and pull them up, giving them hope that someone cares and is looking out for them. That is the heart of God.