What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the valley of weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem (Psalm 84: 5-7).
These verses speak to me so much because it’s in my sorrow and grief that I seem to feel God’s presence the most, or maybe it’s because that’s when I cry out to Him the most. I’m reminded that no matter what happens or how desperate things get, I’m on a journey with Him. As long as I don’t turn my back He will continue to strengthen, teach, and mold me through all of life’s challenges and hardships.
Then the journey, even though hard, becomes exciting as I see that there’s a perfect plan and purpose in my struggles; and although my body grows older, my faith grows stronger. Each new challenge eventually becomes a ‘place of refreshing springs’ because I see that God is invested in me.
- How have I seen God working in the midst of my struggles?
- What lessons have I learned through my hardships?