Some of life’s greatest lessons are not learned in a classroom but in the crevice of a dark valley.
Sometimes you grow closest to Christ not in the seasons of prosperity, laughter, and joy, but in seasons of loss, trials, and tears.
Because it takes going through hardships that test your faith to believe God is who He says He is and to trust Him completely when your world seems like it’s crumbling beneath your feet.
I know Jesus is a provider but it wasn’t until I was out of job and needed a new job that I knew He was MY provider.
I know Jesus is a healer, but it wasn’t until I became ill that I knew he was MY healer.
I know Jesus is a comforter, but it wasn’t until my heart was broken that I learned He was MY comforter.
I know Jesus is a protector, but it wasn’t until I almost got ran over by an incoming vehicle that I knew he was MY protector.
I know Jesus is a friend, but it wasn’t until most of my close friends disappeared one by one and I felt utterly alone that I learned He would always be MY best friend.
I know Jesus is my anchor, but it wasn’t until I found myself in the middle of my own storm that I realized He was MY anchor and hope.
These are a few things I’ve experienced over the years.
I wouldn’t wish any of these circumstances upon anyone and although at the time each one of them was confusing, trying, discouraging, and hard I don’t regret experiencing them because it was during the darkest, hardest, and most challenging seasons in my life that I grew deeper in Christ and learned to trust Him the most.
Sometimes it takes walking through a desert to learn that God is a promise keeper.
Sometimes it takes being tossed around in the middle of storm to learn that God is your anchor.
Sometimes it takes getting to a place where you feel like you have nothing left to learn that God is your provider.
Every trial is an opportunity to grow deeper in Christ.
Beautiful things come out of brokenness.
I have a few testimonies of this truth.
I’m sure you do too.
And there are men and women in the Bible who could share their own testimonies along with ours.
Daniel learned that God was a protector in a lion’s den.
Joseph learned that God was faithful even while he was sitting in a jail cell.
Moses learned that God was a provider in the middle of a desert.
The trial may look different, the circumstance may not be similar to yours, but the outcome is always the same: you learn to have faith in God in a brand new way.
Maybe you’re in the middle of a situation that has left you feeling lost and broken.
Maybe you are facing a trial that is threatening to defeat you.
Maybe your circumstances are so hard it’s difficult to believe a better day will come.
I just want to remind you that God if faithful and He is good.
Sometimes His goodness is evident in favor, blessings, and good circumstances.
And sometimes His goodness is evident in Him giving you the strength, faith, and patience to get through hard circumstances.
Either way, He is faithful, He is in control, and He is good.
He will carry you through this trial and build you up, draw you closer, and help you know Him in a deeper way because of it.
Being Christian doesn’t mean life becomes easier.
It just means you have someone who loves you more than you can imagine to face all of life’s storms, trials, and battles with.
Never forget that. With Jesus you can make it through anything.
I believe that this will be your testimony as it has been mine over the years.
What has left me broken in the past only ended up building me up stronger.
What has left me empty in the past only gave me an opportunity to learn that God would always be more than enough.
What has left me feeling vulnerable and under attack in the past only showed me that God would fight for me and protect me every step of the way.
God has been closest during the darkest seasons of my life and He is with you during your dark seasons too.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23:4
I don’t know what your valley looks like today.
Maybe you lost your job, received a difficult health diagnosis, someone you love deeply disappointed you, you failed, or feel rejected, or you are in a situation that is too hard to handle.
Whatever it may be, you have nothing to be afraid of.
God is with you in your valley today.
And He will be faithful to bring you through to the other side.
I pray that this season will teach you that God is a healer, a provider, a protector, a promise-keeper, a miracle-maker, and your closest friend.
May He restore hope, joy, and peace.
May He draw you closer to Him.
And may He create something beautiful out of your brokenness.