We know she does not have many days on earth left. She has lived a long life and accomplished many things; the last few years have been difficult as her memory faded into the past. She is unable to remember the “who” and the “what” of her life. And. Now. Time on earth is coming to an end.
One thing I know is that she is not crossing this last valley in her life alone. There’s no valley too deep for God. In fact, I wonder if, in some ways, she’s closer to God than ever as she makes her way through. I know God is her Shepherd–the One who leads, guides, cares, and tends.
I don’t understand the “how’ of it, but I know it’s going on. It’s one of the reasons, Psalm 23: 1-4 is so powerful when the last valley is faced:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
The reality of God’s presence as the Shepherd in the valley changes the journey.
I simply said, “It’s going to be okay, listen to this . . . ”
I read Psalm 23. A calmness came over the room. The God-words were enough. God promised to get them through the valley. And. God did.
Now the God-words are speaking to our family. It’s not easy to face the last valley, but there’s peace in knowing God is the Shepherd and will guide the way.
God will be your shepherd wherever you are at–including the times you find yourself deep in the valley. It matters–Kerrie
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)