I remembered this song recently, and I thought I'd share it with you guys. I know it is an older song, but the words have really ministered to me through the years then more so recently.
The pathways are broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If you want me to
Cause I'm not who I was
When I took my first step
And I'm clinging to the promise You're not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to You
Then I will walk through the fire
If You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When You lead me through a world that's not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I'd never go alone.
--Ginny Owens (If You Want Me To)
No matter what trial or valley you are going/have gone/will go through, there are so many things in the lyrics that are applicable. I don't know why He brought us here, but I can choose to walk through this trusting that He has a plan and purpose in it, or with bitterness and anger. Even though I would have never chosen this way, it has amazed me how much I have grown through this season, and I am definitely "not who I was when I took my first step." I love the last two phrases of the song. It helps me remember that God never promised our life would be easy, fair, or even good, but He does promise that no matter what He calls us to walk through, we will not walk through it alone. I am so very thankful that He has walked through this valley with us, and I'm so thankful for you guys who have also walked through our trial with us.
I hope this song brings as much encouragement to you as it has to me!