WALKING THROUGH THE COVID-19 VALLEY

May 14, 2020 by

WALKING THROUGH THE COVID-19 VALLEY

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We are living in most unusual times.

Frightening times. Unsettled times. As we all learn to cope in our own way according to our personal situations, our level of faith, it seems at times that this season just keeps dragging on so slowly, as if it would never end. But, as the title of my post says, we are walking through this valley. And like any other valley in our lives, we will come to the end and find a mountain to climb into a fresh and life-giving atmosphere.

Some of us have lost much through this time. Others not so much. Some are walking in sorrow through this valley as you have lost loved ones, lost employment, have become confused and may be feeling way too confined to suit your emotional needs. But we have a choice. We can continue to walk on, trusting the Lord to bring us out in victory. Or we can sit ourselves down in the middle of the valley, believing there is nothing for us in the future.

If you believe in God, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, then there is only one choice: keep moving forward. This, too, has come to pass. Yes, it will pass. Life may not be exactly as it has always been when this is over. But, when has life ever kept on the same, year after year, when we are following the path the Lord has mapped out for us? And even if we haven’t walked with Him. So we continue to hope. Romans 5:3-5 actually gives us instructions on how to move through just such times as we are living in today. I have chosen to share this from The Voice Reader’s Bible.

And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and  anticipate God’s goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.

Notice it says we should celebrate in our suffering. No, not because of it but in it, during that season. Why? Because suffering develops endurance in our lives. If we can celebrate through this season of suffering, we will be able to withstand greater hardships in the future. And what happens then? Our characters are refined. In other words, we become more like Jesus. And isn’t that, after all, what we want and need? Then we will be able to anticipate, to hope for God’s answers and solutions. Hope is what many people are looking for today, what many have lost in the struggle. But we can hope because when we put our hope in the Lord Jesus and in the Holy Spirit who has flooded our heart with God’s love, we are satisfied with Him, with His hope and with knowing He is in control and will bring the right solution at the right time for each of us. We can trust Him implicitly. 

Years ago, I went through what I have called a valley experience. I could not find God much of the time through this season. I have written a book about this time of my life, Shadows in My Valley. I have made a short video reading one of the poems in the book that may express how many people are feeling at this time. I am thankful that the Lord brought me victoriously out of that valley all those years ago, but many are still stuck in a valley as I was for so long. I pray that this poem will encourage you and lift your spirits.

 

 

 

 

A PRAYER FROM THE VALLEY

Copyright by Diane Stephenson 2018

 

Lord, it’s so dark all around me;

I can’t see the light of day.

Jesus, help me to understand now

All the things that have come my way.

I just don’t feel Your presence;

I can’t hear Your guiding voice;

My world seems ready to crumble;

Still, I make Your will my choice.

Your word says You’ll never leave me,

Nor forsake the child You love.

Give me faith, my heavenly Father,

To keep on looking above.

The darkest hour, they tell me,

Is always before the dawn.

Let the sun now rise upon me,

Fill my heart with heavenly song.

May I feel the warmth of Your sunshine

As brighter and brighter it glows;

Lift my spirit to heavenly places

Where the wind of Your Spirit blows.

Let Your love fall on me like a mantle,

Dispelling the shadows and fear,

And to Your sweet, holy presence

Let me now and forever draw near.

 

I hope you have enjoyed and been encouraged by my words, written and spoken, today. I would love to hear from you as to how you are feeling and what you are doing to get through this crisis. Please leave me a comment in the box below and I will respond as soon as possible. I love to interact with my readers.

I pray that you are all keeping well and safe during this time. May the Lord be with you always and bless you with all of His blessings in heavenly places (see Ephesians 1:3).


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18 Comments

  1. Thank you Diane, Wonderful poem and uplifting thoughts. Timely for me, not because of Covid, but because my nephews are at a critical time having to decide how to handle my sisters end of life stage. I know my siblings and I will support them, in their decision making process, as difficult as it will be. Again, thank you.

    • Sorry to hear about your sister Jo. It is a very difficult time and those decisions are the hardest to make. I really appreciate you taking time to read my post and am thankful you found it to help you. God bless you.

  2. I love this Diane. God is in control and He will help us through this valley of disease and death.
    God Bless You,
    Love,
    Nancy

  3. Betty Jane

    Thank you for this blog and poem, I really enjoyed reading it, and yes I can relate, After Chris had gone to be with our Lord, I felt so helpless that I couldn’t have a service for him, but that is just put on hold, like many other things, if I didn’t have God to lean on, I know I would be lost, I know that God is giving me much strength at these times, We need to have faith that we will get past this pandemic, l read the word, listen to Christian music and do lots of praying, I’m grateful that we are blessed to have internet, Facebook etc…We have our Sunday service through the internet which is amazing the technology we have to do that, l really try not to get lost in the dark side of things, I lean more on God and his truth more than anything, l look forward to seeing you soon for a much needed hug from you and the rest of my brother and sister’s of God.Thank you for inspiring me with your blog and poem🙏❣🦋🌷

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this Betty. I really appreciate you taking time to stop by and to leave a comment. I am glad you are finding the Lord’s strength after Chris’s death. I was so shocked when I heard about that. Yes, I’m looking forward to be able to give you and others a huge hug again. God bless you.

  4. What a beautiful and uplifting poem, Diane! Yes, we are putting all our hope, faith and trust in the Lord at this trying time. We may be in the valley, but can rest assured Jesus is walking through it with us. God will bring us to the mountaintop once again.
    Blessings!

  5. As always, you leave us with inspiration and good things to think about. Thank you. BTW the video w=is very good!

    • Thank you Chuck. Using Zoom seems to be the best way to go to make videos. I have done a couple more and they have turned out well, too. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

  6. Thank you for sharing your poem Diane. This line particularly resonated with me..
    Lift my spirit to heavenly places
    Where the wind of Your Spirit blows.

    May you know the Spirit’s wind that guides you to His presence today!

    • Thanks so much for taking time to stop by, Lynn. I took a few days off the computer and then was overloaded with e-mails so haven’t had a chance to visit your blog. I hope I can get mostly caught up today, then move on once again. I’m so glad my poem spoke to you. And thank you for your prayer. God bless.

  7. Oops, I forgot to congratulate you on providing ADA compliance on your website. Helps some us ‘listen’

  8. trish kalas

    Another divine appointment leading me to myself. Feeling safe in another rainy day situation, home on lock-down… locked in but not out of God´s promise to be with us. You have encouraged me today, this article being a confirmation of words resignating in my spirit today…Fear Not… Yea though I walk through the valley. The shadows of death all around… I am encouraged to look to the hills from where my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord. Be Blessed Diane and keep writing… Thank you.

    • I am so pleased, Trish, that my post was a blessing to you. It is always my prayer that my readers receive encouragement from my words, and I appreciate it that you took the time to share this with me. I am hoping to soon make another video of a poem that is a response from the Lord to this one. May the Lord richly bless you and keep fear far from you.

  9. Diane,

    Your words are beautifully written and spoken. I could feel the presence of God within you as I read and as I watched the video. I am blessed to have you as a friend.

    What have I been doing during this crisis? I have been reminding myself daily that everything is temporary, God is Bigger than COVID, and People need prayer. Yes, I’ve been writing to inform, educate, and encourage my readers too. My most important work is to listen daily to what God has for me to do. Much of the time it is to reach out and pray for others or sit still and hold them up in prayer. While I am home, I am a warrior.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Tonya. I am blessed when my readers are blessed, and especially when you and others take the time to leave a comment. I find I am praying much more even though I was praying several hours most days before COVID. I have been an intercessor for many years. And I find I am talking to more people on the phone as well, especially those who are either alone or are getting restless during this time. I believe many good things have come out of this terrible time, but I do think it’s time we got back to some kind of normalcy, whatever that will look like from now on. God bless you.

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