The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Friday, November 22, 2013

Walk slowly through the valley....

Some days it is good that we do not know the end of the story at the beginning.  We would be so grateful for the happy ending that we would not learn the lessons we needed along the way. Life is a classroom and we need to learn each lesson or else we have to repeat the grade. The Psalmist might have had this in mind when he penned these words:

Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:4-5

It is advisable not to rush through the valley of disconsolation too quickly. There will be plenty of time to rejoice in the morning. Why should we travel slowly through those moments of suffering and despair? The Psalmist goes on to write:

When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;

but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed. – Psalm 30:6-7

You cannot comfort what you have not experienced in some small measure; you can only speak peace out of your own wars, internal or external. When you have experienced the hideness of God you can comfort those who find God to be hidden to them. – Ron Friesen

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