The Lord showed me a picture, and I wrote it as a poetic bit. But in summary, He said it isn't enough to walk through the valley of the shadow of death anymore. We've gotten stuck on that image, us as miserable and blind, trying to make it to the other side. (Ps 23:4)
A few months ago, He said to me, "You ask me help to climb the mountain when I want to remove it entirely. You ask for a way to avoid the fire, when I want you emerge, not only alive, but not smelling like smoke. You ask me to save you from the lions when I can shut their mouths and get glory from it."
We need God's perspective. What looks like a dark valley that hems us in, is, in God's vision, green and full of abundance. The prophet Ezekiel saw the valley as full of bones, but what happened to the bones? The wind blew and they came to life. (Ez 37)
The prophet Isaiah saw the valley begin to flower and bud. Water flowed there once more. (Is 43:19; Ps 23:2) The psalmist saw trees growing by the river, their roots going down deep. (Ps 1:3) Ezekiel, too, had this vision. He said the waters of the river healed the land and were abundant in fish, the banks lined with fruitful trees. (Ez 47:9-10,12)
Now see the valley as full of light. The Word is a light to our pathway. (Ps 119:105) And the soil, warmed by the sun, moistened by the rain from heaven, is ripe for planting seed. In those seeds is life with the potential to produce a harvest. (Is 55:10-11)
What a different picture of the valley. But expand your vision further because God wants to remove the mountains into the sea (Mk 11:23) and make of the valley a plain. (Is 40:4-5)
There, He will build magnificent cities (Am 9:13-14) filled with the glory of God and the sound of our rejoicing. (Ps 126:6)
Some say, "Don't stay in the valley," and yes, until the light shines and we receive further direction, we must keep walking in faith. (2Co 5:7) But don't limit God to your vision of the valley either because His vision is magnificent! His valley is full of life. It is abundant with provision and a place of eternal joy.
What the enemy meant for evil, what was once a place of sacrifice, is now lush and green and flowering, filled with the presence of God. (Ge 50:20; Jer 19:6)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author