In The Valley (Where Are You?)

I stand in the valley

On the foot of a large mountain

A steeping hill reaching to the skies

Can I ever crest the top?

 

I look up from the valley

At the treacherous footholds

The wall that shoots upwards

What path can I possibly take?

 

I start out from the valley

Where I struggle to find Your presence

Where I look to the vast rise and think

Is this to be my purgatory?

 

The valley is dark and heavy around me

The road in front is full of trials

Air of the valley is stale and musty

I feel my Enemy lurking here

Dangerous and deadly

 

Where are You

When I stand here in the night

Where the shadow of death creeps

And I am chilled and unable to see?

 

Where are You

Here in my lowest place

Where is Your light, Your warmth?

 

I seek You

But cannot find You

Were Your words for naught

Your promise to me empty?

 

Can You hear my call

In my vast emptiness

This valley deep as the pit of my black soul?

 

I see a small light

The answer to my prayer

It shows me a pathway

Is this to be my road to You?

 

What have You given me!

 

A small trail

Fraught with danger

With ravines on both sides

Free to the the whirling wind

And open to fall

 

You come to me

And calm me

With the words of Your promise:

“It is I who goes before you.

I will be with you;

I will not leave you or forsake you.

Do not fear or be dismayed.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be anxious about anything,

but in everything by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to me.

And the peace of the Father,

which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds in my name.

And behold,

I am with you always,

to the end of the age.”

 

So, I start out from the valley

Down the narrow trail

Up the wall shooting to the skies

From the foot of the large mountain

 

This is my life!

 

I will not fear the storms that come

The whirling winds that may throw me into the ravines

I will not fear the darkness

For You will light my path

I will trust You

And You will keep me safe

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