“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 (NIV)
Dark times seem to come to most people. It may be the loss of bodily function and being confined to a wheelchair. Or it may be the loss of income and the need then to move into a very humble home.
Whatever the loss—we find ourselves in a time of confusion, pain, and humiliation. We do not know where to find help and we wonder if we shall survive the day.
Recently I went through such a time when my body’s temperature soared because of a life threatening bacterial infection. I lost my mind for several days and spoke in a confused manner to people around me. It was the darkest valley of my lifetime.
Others had to help me with everything because I was as helpless as a baby. Had the Lord left me at that time? Was He looking the other way as my mind descended into the darkness of total confusion and chaos? It was certain I could not pray for myself. I could not reach out for assistance. I was helpless, but was it hopeless?
I believe that even then, in my dark time, the Lord was especially close to me and watching out for His helpless sheep. Now that I am back to thinking clearly I say with all confidence—
“…you are with me…”
How precious to know that when we are most helpless, the Lord never sleeps or looks away from us. His watchful eye keeps us secure and close to His side at all times, and in every situation.
Today turn again to this One Who died for you and rose again. Tell Him of your sorrow and distress. Call on Him to be the Good Shepherd and ask Him to draw you near to His side.
Tell Him you need the comfort only He can supply. Ask once more for grace for today. Never make your circumstances your hope. If you do you will only experience continual confusion. Today make the Good Shepherd your everlasting hope. In Him you shall find all the grace necessary for today and forever.