"In The Valley"

Can you imagine sleep without dreams and how real this often seems?

What if the night never had the stars to free us of life's dark scars?

Would life be real without love or would you be as one lone dove?

One early morn I viewed many sleepy trees and this quick moment I did seize.

They grew on the high rocky ledge and in the valley but not one kept a tally.

From the mountain top I saw other mountain tops and it seemed the number never stops.

Yet unseen in each valley were many preparing for the great finale.

We often while in the valley allow discouragement to begin to rally.

We must remember to grow life's strongest crops, can't be done on the mountain tops.

In this life darkness often seems but ahead a mountain always beams.

The base of the mountain has the best soil, to give you strength as you toil.

Many times joy appears out of sight but we keep heading toward the light.

Often in climb in refreshing breeze; I pause to rest upon my knees.

I receive again my life in ease and know in this valley God still sees.

As you climb you will wander and often fall but one day you will say, "It's been worth it after all."

Written by Bob Wood

Isaiah 21:11 ... The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? 12 ... The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.

While traveling through hills and mountains we can't help but notice that the strongest and tallest trees are usually in the valley. They get the richest dirt, most water and nutrients from the hilltops. They need this strength to stretch to leave the darkness and reach toward the sun. I believe God helps us this way as well. Valleys of life give us strength for the climb ahead. Usually what we are going through today, today's valley, is to prepare us for the next task ahead. It seems man has always been good at complaining about our sore muscles but God is preparing us for the next battle. I remember when I was on the track team in Milan, Tennessee; the first two weeks of track were murder. Even we that had been on the team, often had to walk up the stairs sideways. The ones that thought this was an easy sport,would quit without hesitation. We knew the coach was doing his usual culling. We ran on and earned our spot on the team. It got a little easier as the year went on. We had a team spirit, were confident and a mind to win. It is no different as a Christian. When we whine, Christ says, "Take up your cross and follow me." He has already climbed this mountain many times and will show us the way, but not before we have received our strength from the riches of His valley. He's the Lilly of the valley. He grows and blooms in the valley. Our valleys and mountains are like the highs and lows in music. Without these, music would be one annoying noise. Stop today and thank God for your life a symphony of highs and lows. We all have dark periods in our life but the day comes. While you are climbing today; enjoy the sights and sounds along the way. God has blessed us with family, friends, trees, flowers and I could go on for hours. May God Really Bless You! Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance; you pray for me.

Bob Wood

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