Oh what a glorious weekend the Lord recently blessed us with at the VA FEW Conference! His grace and mercy were abundantly showered upon it… to Him be glory for His working in our hearts and the many others who attended. It was truly a weekend of refreshment for us.
Often though, when coming down from a “mountain top” experience like this, it is easy to yield to the temptation to doubt God’s plan for our lives. This could look like anything… wishing your family was “perfect” like another family you just met (and what a false illusion that is, by the way 😉 )… feeling depressed because life at home seems humdrum and boring… sensing the Lord calling you upward and onward for a deeper relationship with Himself, but not knowing how to get there and only seeing your sin and shortcomings… wishing for the sense of His abiding presence that you felt before… and on and on.
For me, following this conference, it wasn’t so much any of the above scenarios, but simply recognizing my own weakness and feeling incapable for the calling of ministry and service God has placed on our lives (in our home, and to those around us). Even though I didn’t fully realize it at first, in the back of my mind the idea of returning to normal life was daunting. How lovingly kind our Father is, though, to direct our focuses back to His face. Sunday morning at church He gave me a song that was exactly what I needed! So many truths, flooding my heart with precious reminders of Who He is and what He has promised to His children. I pray you are blessed as much by it as I was!
Through the Valley
Margaret F. Powers/Frank Garlock
I have been thru the valley of weeping,
Thru the valley of sorrow and pain;
But the God of all comfort was with me,
By His hand to uphold and sustain.
So I’ll follow wherever God leads me,
In the darkness His Word lights my way;
I have proof that the Lord can give comfort,
And His grace can give strength for each day.
As the earth needs the clouds and the sunshine,
So the soul needs both sorrow and joy;
And when God puts His gold in the furnace,
He intends all its dross to destroy.
As we travel thru life’s shadowed valley,
The fresh springs of His love ever rise;
And we learn that our sorrows and losses
Are all blessings God sent in disguise.