The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
May every “valley” experience that we face be an opportunity for us to lean on God even the more. For he is the great Shepherd. We can trust the places and the timing of his direction. He makes no mistakes. We place every circumstance in the hands of God, acknowledging that we are powerless on our own. But as we yield to God in obedience, we become supernaturally equipped to walk in power and authority. We are not defeated because Jesus fulfilled the greatest victory known over 2000 years ago on the Cross of Calvary. We shun fear and we adopt courage to keep on moving – moving toward our destiny. We are not alone – even in the “valley.” The great Shepherd is with us – even in the “valley.” Our greatest reward is being known by the Shepherd and being guided in his loving care. May our “cups run over” with more love, joy, peace, long-suffering, faith, meekness, temperance, goodness, and gentleness. We surrender.
In Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen