Into the Beautiful~ Through the Valley

Last Friday, I experienced a “first”. I had two wisdom teeth pulled out and opted to be completely put to sleep for the procedure. I had never been knocked out like that before.  I don’t even remember closing my eyes. The last thing I remember is looking at the clock on the wall and it reading 11:15am.  The next thing I hear is the surgeon asking me how I was doing. I looked at the clock and it read 11:50am. The painful event was over and I slept through all of it.

I have to say, it was a beautiful experience!

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to the painful events in life. There’s a part of me that wishes we could sleep through the uncomfortable, the tragic, and the heartbreaking.  For the record, I am thankful I was able to take a 35 minute nap while two teeth were being ripped extracted from my mouth. 🙂 Yet, there’s another part of me that knows from experience that God’s presence in the midst pain is a gift to be cherished.

God’s presence trumps pain.

As I typed that last sentence, tears came to my eyes.  I hate pain.  I long for the day when the pain we endure in this life is gone.  And yet, each time the Lord has led me through one of life’s valleys, I have found beautiful peace because He was there walking in the valley with me.  Sometimes, it’s in the valleys where we discover the stillest waters and the greenest meadows.

If you are going through a painful valley today, my prayer for you is that your feet will feel that water and your eyes will see those meadows.

It is well, it is well
Through the storm I am held
It is well, it is well
with my soul

We’re going there again today, to the place where beauty is often too big to put into words and yet we try again.

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17 thoughts on “Into the Beautiful~ Through the Valley

  1. Tracy

    Hi Eileen, wow, such a great truth here from having your teeth ripped, um, pulled out. Pain should draw us closer to Christ but its still not a pleasant experience. reat post Eileen
    God bless
    ps: Isn’t it great our wisdom does not come from our teeth? 🙂

  2. Christina

    Looking back, it’s been those times in the valleys where I’ve discovered peace because I clung to Him tighter and desired Him more. There’s beauty in the ugly. Great truth here today!

  3. Tracy

    “God’s presence trumps pain.” Amen and Amen. I am climbing out of a valley, but I have green tea in hand 🙂 and the Holy Spirit working in my heart~I am going to make it. Love you Eileen and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Beck Gambill

    I hear your heart and resonate. I long for the day when pain is no more and Jesus presence is a physical reality. But I’m thankful for the moments in the dark when his light breaks in, I wouldn’t want to miss it!

  5. EvieJo

    So glad that He is there to draw closer to during those valley experiences and for every step I take it seems that He takes at least two towards me. Thanks for the lovely post. Such manna for our souls.


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