“There were lots of days when my mom would remind me that there will be times in life for you and for all of us when Jesus is our only friend and you need to embrace it. There is more to life than trying to hide the things that are wrong with us but God tells us that we can go to Him in the pieces that we’re in, and with the flaws that we have, or the embarrassing things that we have that we don’t like about ourselves. We can take all of these things to Him. He weaves those things in with His grace & makes just a beautiful story.” Ginny Owens
Why does it seem when we are going through some kind of painful situation, it seems another slams us in the face mid-crisis. One of our worlds can’t politely shake off course. No! It has to collide into another. Loudly and rudely. Ginny Owens is a blind musician. She said she went through times when she had no friends. Betrayal, disrespect, rudeness can all make us feel rejected and unworthy. The truth is that everyone we come across in life will disappoint us at one time or another. Ginny sings a song stating that she will walk through the valley if God wants her to. Psalm 23:4 is on the mats of my car “even though I walk through the valley…”. I have been in the valley. We all have and we all will go through them. Thankfully God does promise love, grace, mercy and restoration. How do people manage this life thing without Him?
kim crawford jan.2010
As I read the above this morning, March 16, 2015, I am remembering events that happened before and after I wrote this. I was in an accident where I was hit from behind while sitting still in a turn lane waiting to turn. The car was totalled. Makenzi was standing and holding a puppy and was ran over by a motorcycle. We were asleep in our beds and a tornado came and destroyed our home. Relationships issues, financial concerns, health scares…those valley moments. God was with us. God is with us when we walk through the valley, when we are sitting still, asleep in the valley, or running as fast as we can to find the way out. He is with us and will be before, during, after, and as we approach another.
kim crawford 3.16.15
Update to the Update:
Again I am here. Here I am in the midst of a valley. Perhaps a double valley. One far different from the other. Both leaving my heart shattered in pieces. Thankfully, I am reminded of Ginny and her words, “God tells us that we can go to Him in the pieces that we’re in, and with the flaws that we have, or the embarrassing things that we have that we don’t like about ourselves. We can take all of these things to Him. He weaves those things in with His grace & makes just a beautiful story.” What a story God is weaving with the pieces that are my life. Pieces that are me. If I leave any impression, have any influence, say anything that matters to anyone…let it be this…The valleys come. Sometimes when we are in a pit, we fall into a pit within the pit and every time we claw our way 10 inches out, it seems someone kicks us with there hill and knocks us back down again. Don’t let this “someone” continue to do this. We must allow God to weave grace and mercy to write our beautiful stories (we all have one, even in the midst of the chaos of life). The grace and mercy are there…allow it. Breathe it in. Allow the good to overcome the bad. Allow the love of Christ. Allow your life to matter. Don’t stay in the valley. Allow God to write you out of that pit, out of the valley, and climb the mountain of freedom.