Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

aprilann

Joined August 2011

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Canon Rebel T3i 600D – Four O’Clock from my garden in Sherman, Texas, USA.

Psalm 23:4(a) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou are with me. . .

There is an actual Valley of the Shadow of Death located between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea in Palestine. It is a four and a half miles journey and because of climate and grazing conditions shepherds and their flocks must make it each year. It is a dangerous and dreadful journey as the side walls are as tall as 1500 feet at times and there are deep crevices sometimes on both sides of the path. The path gets so narrow at times the sheep could not turn around if they wished. There is an unwritten law among the shepherds that flocks must go up the valley in the morning and down in the evening to avoid having flocks meet in the areas too narrow to allow passing.

The sheep are not afraid of this valley as they instinctively put their trust in the shepherd. Their shepherd has guided them everyday sometimes to the still waters and sometimes to the green pastures but always in safety. Thus, when it comes time to cross through the Valley of the Shadow of Death the sheep know that once again their shepherd will protect them from harm.

Our valley of the shadow of death is not simply when we ourselves will need to pass over from life unto death but you could be in the valley now because of loneliness, disappointment or depression. No matter what your valley is, God knows how steep the surrounding cliffs are and how deep the crevices near your feet. There is always His path to walk even though it often is so narrow you could never turn back but must keep trekking on. Keep your eyes on the Good Shepherd and you never have to fear where your feet will take you.

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