Every Valley Shall Be Exalted

Isaiah 40:3-4

Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

Thought for the Day:  As we go through difficult days, God promises that His glory shall be lifted up.

How many times in choirs have I sung Handel’s Messiah? The answer to that is “I have no idea.” I do know, however, that when I am singing pieces such as this, I tend to think about the notes and pray that I get more notes correct than incorrect. Today, I reflect over the words to one part, “Every Valley Shall be Exalted.” My devotional and scripture reading this morning put this in my terms of understanding when it specifically mentioned that there are many “valleys” and “rough places” in our lives that can include deaths and grieving, losses of jobs, changes in lifestyle, or times of loneliness. Throughout the last year, our family has felt several of these valleys and rough places. As we were going through them, it felt that everything was rough and wrong. We prayed and wondered if we would ever feel “normal” again. Then it came, that special word that my husband got a position in a wonderful church. That moment, that divine moment, we immediately felt “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.” We still have to do a lot to bring our family together in that ministry, but we know it will happen in God’s time because He has told us. He told us in that phone call, “We are offering you the position”. He told us when Mark got off the phone and yelled, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!” for everyone in the neighborhood to hear.

I am glad today that I have looked at this portion of Handel’s Messiah differently and I will never sing it again without thinking of this huge valley lifted up and the rough places plain. What a wonderful promise from God!

Prayer:   Thank you God for the wonderful words and music you have given composers through the year. Thank you for Your words of comfort that the valleys and rough places in our lives will be made smooth. Please bring those words of comfort to your children today. Amen


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