I have a confession to make. I didn’t want to go to the Death Valley. I pictured a desert with miles and miles of sand and that sounded really boring compared to all the mountains we had been climbing. But guess what? Death Valley surprised me and it turned out to be one of my favorite parks! I love how there was so much beauty and life even in a place called the DEATH Valley. We were lucky to visit in the winter because the temperature only reached about 70°. In the summer, on the other hand, it can get up to 130°! And in life, when the “temperature” rises and it seems like you’re going through the fire, it’s comforting to know that God walks with us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. What seems like a barren desert can, and will, produce life when God is at work.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland!” Isaiah 43:19