Of course it’s difficult when you find yourself deep in the valleys’ of life. Of course it is. And of course your valley is much different, and hardly understandable in comparison to mine. But valleys weren’t made for comparison my friend, they were made for character.

I’d written you some time ago about those daisies . I don’t know if you caught it or not, but I mentioned The Valley, and the audacity it has to pair itself right up with Hope.

There was this guy, Achan, and much like you and I, he was terribly human. After the Israelites had won a battle, God told them through Joshua not to take all the treasures they might find there. He calls it plunder; though we might looked on it as treasure. Achan gets himself an his entire family in deep waters when he takes some of this plunder for himself and hides it under his tent.

Long story shorter, his sin against what God had commanded became so awful that Joshua and the Israelites had to stone him and his whole family. Because he took some stuff he wasn’t supposed to… that place would then be known as The Valley of Achor. The Valley of Trouble.

You’ve been there. I’ve been there {my name literally means Girl From the Valley; thankfully it also means divine}. Perhaps today, you are there in that valley. And sometimes, it’s because of our very own doing that our consequences are naturally the valley of trouble. Other times, it is because of someone else’s choice. Like Achan, it’s more often than not the choice of someone whom is close to us; someone where love and not trouble should remain. But when I am reminded by that beautiful verse in Hosea that God makes the very Valley of Trouble in our life a door of hope, I get all goose-bumpy inside.

I remember one particular season of The Valley when I was told it wasn’t on mountain tops where we grew; it was in the valley. Here in the valley is where the waters collect. It is where the sun shines and where the hills shade. The valley is deep, dark, and a low place to be. It is also the very place God uses to create, grow, and sustain our character.

In fact, one of God’s promises is to use what the enemy meant for evil to be used for good.

Friend. I’m sorry valleys are tough. I’m sorry that others cause valleys of deep, disturbing trouble for you. Your papa in heaven never intended for us to operate in that way. Know that like the Israelites, God loves you so much He will not allow sin and destruction to sit in the camp forever. Some people wish for valleys to never happen. I, on the other hand, advocate us to always keep in mind that the very place of trouble, could become the very place of hope if we allow God to take and use them as such. So use those valleys well, even when it is tough. He promised us trouble in this world, and He promises us life, love, and hope through it all too. I can’t promise it’ll all be okay- trust me, I’ve had to keep myself from saying those very words to myself. I can promise there is always Hope, and always purpose when we release valleys for His use though. There always is.

Let this one promise remain; there is nothing in this world that could separate us from the love of Christ, who promises to take the very place of trouble in our life and make it the very place of hope. Remain in Christ through the valley knowing He’s got you in this. He’ll get you through this. What was deathly will become life, the very place of trouble will become the very place He will build a foundation of hope; what was left for ashes will turn to glorious, purposeful beauty. Give Him your faith in the valley of trouble.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5.3-5