Yesterday, I walked through a valley. It wasn't fun. Valleys never are, really. As I had entered this valley, I had just finished reading a fiction book by a new author I found on Hoopla that I enjoy, Cynthia Ruchti. The book was titled As Waters Gone By. It sounds like a bit of an odd title, but it's taken from a single verse of Job.
You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
(gone away in the NIV)
Yesterday morning, I read the larger portion of verses surrounding verse 16 and they were filled with hope.
starting with verse 13...
If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor. But the eyes of the wicket will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last. ... ending with verse 20. ESV
Those verses were very encouraging to me yesterday. Valleys come and go. But, there is hope because we will get through them. Some are short journeys, some are long. Perhaps, some are even life-long. But, I was reminded that there is hope. Hope in Christ. I am loved by Jesus because of who He made me to be. Nothing can change that. I need to find my identity and peace in Him. Always. When my eyes get distracted and I value other things more, then my heart fills will resentment and struggle.
I am grateful this morning to be through the valley. I do know there will be another one. In fact, there will be many more. But, there is hope.