Monday, May 24, 2010

Thankful in the Valley

We had our Choir Appreciation dinner last Wednesday. It is always rather bitter-sweet to me. There is delicious food, great fellowship and an awesome time of praise and worship, but I am sad that we won't have choir again until August. Having said that, our choir director always has someone special come to lead us in worship. This year it was Michael Neale. It was incredible.

He wrote "Your Great Name." We recorded that song this past year. It is such a powerful song - absolutely God given. He sang it Wednesday night at the end of the program, and oh how it ministered.

There was one other song though, one I had never heard, that just pierced my heart. It spoke to the place where my spirit is living right now:

"On Mountains High"

"On mountains high
I'll praise Your name.
In valleys low
I'll do the same.
And as the river runs to find the ocean blue
My heart will always run to find You."

I am learning, as Ann says, to find the beauty in the ugly; to praise Him even when I'm in the midst of the storm or when things don't go my way. There is no raging storm right now; nothing terrible happening. It is just one of those times when all the small difficulties gather themselves together into a cumbersome bundle...

I thank you for the dark clouds Father, that somehow seem to hide Your face. These days they have a different consistency - a hard, thick surface that would keep my prayers from reaching You and hold back Your voice.


"But I, O Lord, have cried out to Thee for help, and in the morning my prayer comes before Thee. O Lord, why dost Thou reject my soul? Why dost Thou hide Thy face from me?"
Palm 88: 13,14

I am thankful that no matter how dark things seem or how silent heaven appears - He never forgets me.


"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.
The help of my countenance, and my God."
Psalm 42: 11

I am so thankful for His promises:
"In the morning, O Lord, Thou wilt hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee
and eagerly watch."
Psalm 5: 3

He is faithful, I know that He is. The beautiful blue sky has not disappeared. It is merely obscured from my view for a little while. The heavy clouds will drive me to Him, if I will allow it, and all will be well even in the midst of the darkness.

The gratitude community gathers each Monday to give thanks. Won't you join us?



Blessings,
Linda

13 comments:

  1. Without the valleys we would never
    fully appreciate the mountain tops.
    Without the clouds we would never
    fully appreciate the sunshine.
    A wonderful list, Linda.
    Blessings & Hugs,
    Sandy

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  2. What a beautiful list, Linda and a great reminder...
    Thanks!

    Julie

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  3. sounds like a group that you really enjoy.
    i wonder how you, and others in the group, are going to get into music in the summer months?

    i wonder what you will bring back to the group in august.

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  4. i join you in this quest, linda... and i love your beautiful heart. have been gone all day, but will respond to your lovely message soon. love to you sweet friend, e.

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  5. Oh, Linda-- thank you for these verses! I know exactly how you feel-- these past few days I've been feeling a bit glum... a bit down and out-- nothing specific or major, just darkened a bit, i guess. What a wonderful reminder-- that HE is still there, that He never forgets, and that the blue skies will return :) What an awesome God we serve... and what a great reminder-- that He always hears our prayers! And that His mercies are new every morning! Great is His faithfulness... yes??!

    Hope you have a blessed week, dear friend!

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  6. I am thankful for the valleys, b/c they are where I grew closer to my LORD.
    Blessings,
    andrea

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  7. Such a beautiful post Linda. "On Mountains High"... amazing words... I think it speaks to everybody's heart. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  8. I wish less cloud cover for you Linda.

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  9. We seem to be in similar places right now. Thank you for sharing this! It blessed me...

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  10. I enjoyed this post
    it is always hard to appreciate the valley when we are in it
    it is easier to look back and see there were benefits (o:

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  11. I love the words to that song. It is so true. I often lie in bed at night and think of all the "stuff" that needs to change. I realize I can't do a thing about any of them except leave them with the Lord. And TRUST -

    I am thankful we don't disband our little choir for the summer. It is such a blessing, and I'm so thankful our new pastor hasn't disbanded us entirely!

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  12. You know it is in the valley that we can get the best views of the beauty of the mountaintops. But once you are on the mountaintop, the valley has great beauty of its own as well because that is where we can see how good life was even then when it seemed like everything was going to engulf us, we see that all the while we were in His care and He was leading us through. How beautiful is that!!!! Love that song! :)

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  13. LInda,
    I just read your comment to Laura B.

    I wish you peace in your decision , but I would miss your voice.
    You have a way of weaving words with Words in a special way.
    Gentle, and powerful, never preachy or saccharine.

    I do appreciate you.

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