When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
Psalm 84:6-7 (NLT)
The "Valley of Weeping". It sounds like a pretty horrible place doesn't it. The name makes me think of Death Valley which is located in California. I have never been there, but I know it holds the record for the highest (reliable) air temperature taken on earth. It hit 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913 (source: wikipedia at a place with the appropriate sounding name of Furnace Creek.
I was surprised that despite the fact that the annual rainfall is less than 3 inches per year, if the conditions are just right, there can be some pretty spectactular displays of wildflowers. You can view a picture of one such display at http://www.pattybrdarphoto.com/EmailPhotos/CaliforniaWildflowersLarge.jpg. Imagine that! These beautiful blooms are springing forth in an inhospitable place where one could die from exposure to the elements without adequate provisions and protection from the sun.
Have you ever been in a "Valley of Weeping", a lonely and desolate place which seems to cry out that you will die there? I have! Once, when I was in that place, I opened my Bible and read Psalm 84. I was not in "The Valley of Weeping" alone. God was with me. When we walk with God through the Valley of Weeping, the conditions are just right. While we might remain in that place for a season, He sends the sweet rain to revive and refresh us. When we look around, we cannot believe our eyes. God has transformed the Valley of Weeping into a place of blessings and with each step we take, we become stronger and develop more stamina.
There are lessons which can only be learned in the Valley of Weeping. It is there that we come to understand more deeply who God is and how much He loves us. In order to reach our destination... we must pass through the Valley of Weeping.
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