“As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion” (Ps. 84:6-7, NKJV).
When you look into the future, do you see a series of trials, or a series of victories? This Scripture gives us a beautiful lens through which to gaze at what is to come. It’s this: Daddy God has it all worked out for us to move from one strength to the next!
Before you start wondering if this might be too exaggerated in its cheerfulness, take a look at the first half of verse 6. “As they pass through the Valley of Baca…” One likely translation of Baca is “weeping.” The pilgrims described in this Psalm have been through seasons of brokenness. They know the Valley of Weeping all too well. Have you ever been through this valley? If you have lived any number of years on Planet Earth, I know that you have. You and I can identify with these travelers. In fact, we can be them.
What do these pilgrims do when they find themselves trekking through the valley of tears? They make it a spring. They submit to God’s process that turns the place of sorrow into the place of supply. They know from experience that He sends His rains to cover the valley with healing, refreshing pools. They, like Joseph, can proclaim, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” (Gen. 41:52, NIV).
From strength to strength. This doesn’t mean there’s not any weeping along the way. There is. There will be. Not does it mean that we are plastering on a fake smile, grinning, and bearing it. No. God encourages us to lament with Him when we need to. What, then, transforms Baca Valley into a spring?
It’s the heavenly perspective that we are going from triumph to triumph. It’s the revelation that whatever I am currently pouring out my heart to God about, is temporary. It’s “light and momentary” (2 Cor. 4:17). It’s not the main point. The main point is that His glory is ever increasing inside of you and me as we travel onward!
When we contemplate the path in front of us this side of heaven, let’s lean in and listen to the God of hope. (Yes, that’s actually one of His names. Which means that breathing hope into our spirits is an essential aspect of His very nature! Rom. 15:13.) Daddy longs for us to see what lies ahead as a journey of victory, a journey of strength, and a journey of joy. Here are some glimpses at how He wants us to think on what the future holds for us:
- “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b, NKJV)
- “…You may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13b, NKJV).
- “I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering” (2 Cor. 7:4b, NET).
- “…You may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19, NIV).
Hmmmm… reading all that, I get a feeling He intends a really good thing for us!
So take heart, pilgrim. You’re on your way to your next strength!
Do you have any learning experiences that have helped you see the future through the lens of hope, in spite of seasons of brokenness? I’d love to hear about them, below!