Are you in a valley?

We all have to face failures and stumbling blocks in life because we live in a broken world. You might be reading this blog while you are facing failures and big stumbling blocks with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Everyone has to go through a valley experience before they can reach the mountain top. You learn a lot more in the valley than in the mountain top.

Napoleon Hill said “Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.” 13

Abraham Lincoln said: “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” 14

Elijah, the greatest prophet went through this valley experience! Elijah prayed “Lord take my life and I am no better than my ancestors.” The disciples went through a valley experience when they tried to fish all night without any fish. Moses went through the valley experience. Moses thought he was facing a life without hope in that desert and he would have thought tending his father in law’s sheep was all he was going to do all his life! But in reality God was training him to lead Israel. What you learn in the valley experience is very valuable! Moses would have learnt the art of being patient with rebellious sheep. Moses would have learnt the art of trusting God when he lost his way. Moses would have learnt to wait on God. It is a very difficult and painful period. It is like military training. The quicker you learn the quicker you will come out of that experience.

So if you are in a valley experience the Word for you today is ‘Persevere and move forward!!!’

Your valley experience is not going to last for your life time. It’s going to last only until God thinks you are ready for the mountain top.

If I need to look back at my life I will say failure was one of my best friends. I know what failures taste like and feel like. I know what it is to face a life without hope. One important thing I learnt from my failures is never to run away from God. The more you fail, the closer you should get to God. The more you fail the more you should knock on heaven’s door. Don’t give up.

At the same time we need to learn to enjoy the life while we go through a valley experience. This is what I failed to do. I was waiting for the mountain top experience and failed to enjoy some beautiful things I came across during the valley experience. So don’t wait to enjoy until you go to the mountain top. You get the best views of life when you are in the valley.

So if you are facing a stumbling block God can move any mountains. It’s not a matter of IF but a matter of WHEN. Believe and move forward!

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