FANTASTIC FRIDAY / Bloom Where You are Planted
It's in the Valley we Grow
Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then we have to remember
That it's in the valleys we grow.
If we always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
We would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.
We have so much to learn
And our growth is very slow,
Sometimes we need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys we grow.
We do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.
The little valleys are nothing
When we picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.
Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.
Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.
Thank you for the valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!
Have a blessed day
Here in northern Ohio we don't have many valleys ....there are few but mostly you have to either go east, or south to find a valley. We have plenty of flat land and the farmers seem to love that as you see corn and soybean fields stretching out for miles. Much of what won’t grow on the mountain tops will flourish in the valleys.
It is challenging to go through hard times, but these are the places where we grow. Not much can grow on a mountain top, but much of what nourishes us does grow in the valleys. As times get tough we grow inside and produce the most incredible fruit. We discover resources that we never knew were available to us, become more confident beings and learn to lean on faith
Some days you're the bug; other days you're the windshield...that's really the way it is, isn't it.
Sometimes we feel invincible and other days totally powerless. All of this is part of life, but the truth is we need both the peaks and valleys. We grow most from the lessons we learn in the valley. The mountaintops, in addition to being more fun, give us the energy and confidents to sustain us through the tough times.
Today, it seems I'm on a mountain top and I'm relishing the view, but I've been in the valley of despair many times. And what I've learned is that you really do have to make the most of what you have in life. There is a reason and a season for everything under the sun.
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning
how to dance in the rain.