lonesome valley

Jesus walked this lonesome valley.
He had to walk it by Himself;
O, nobody else could walk it for Him,
He had to walk it by Himself.

Sometimes it is easy to think that we’re the only one going through a tough time. Perhaps the only one facing rejection or loneliness. The only one in grief. The only one enduring pain or hurt. Hard times and trials may seem to overwhelm us – just us.

But if there is one thing we can take from this season of Lent, is that Jesus walked through the valleys of pain and rejection, of testing and trial by Himself so that when we’re in the valley, we are not alone. Jesus is there with us.

The enemy is always seeking to alienate us from God. He likes us to think that we’re in it alone, that God could not possibly understand what we’re going through. But our Saviour endured much, endured all for our sakes. That we would never be left alone, or to feel alone.

It’s where the wonder of the Lenten season is. That in the dark seasons God is very much present.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

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