Ever had one of those weeks where you just want to sit in a corner and heave a big sigh of melancholy? I'm really not a morose person most of the time--in fact, on occasion I've been called Pollyanna (and I'm pretty sure the person didn't intend it as a compliment)--but I do try to keep a positive attitude. However, lately, my sunny outlook has been plagued by a storm cloud. Not so much for myself, but for friends and loved ones who are facing major, life-impacting trials. There seems to be a deluge of "not so nice" things happening to people I truly care about.
Years ago (when I was in high school..and that's been more years than it sure seems possible--where does the time go?), I developed the habit of "going to the Psalms" whenever I felt low. In those pages, I always managed to find something that would restore my attitude. For the past two weeks, every morning, I've gone to the Psalms in search of words of encouragement to turn my focus on Him rather than the trouble-cloud hovering over head. And yesterday my soul delighted in Psalm 84. One verse in particular spoke to my heart:
6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. (Read the Psalm it in its entirety here.)
Doesn't that verse just make you draw in a deep breath and then release it on a satisfied "ahhhh"? If you've ever sat beside a mountain spring, you can recall the sweet scent, the gentle melody of water tripping over rocks, the cool gush across your bare toes. "Refreshing" is the perfect word to describe those moments. I know God is in the business of making beauty out of ashes, but it's hard to remember that truth when you're sitting in the ash pile.
Maybe you're walking through a valley of weeping right now, too, and perhaps you feel weighted down with melancholy. Why not go to the Psalms? Sneak away, close your eyes, and envision yourself beside a spring...a spring welling with God's goodness. While you're there, sing the song that was based on Psalm 84. God inhabits praise, so He'll certainly arrive when you break into song--and we always feel better when we're close to Him.
God bless you muchly as you journey with Him! ~Kim