Psalm 23:4 says,
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
This past year has immensely impacted my life. My prayer is that it has also impacted the lives of those I encountered along the way.
When we fully commit every step to the King of Kings, our desires no longer determine our decisions. Hence, fear can no longer have a hold on us. It is God’s will that guides us. When God leads, our lives change. God’s guidance takes us to places we never expect to find ourselves. During my journey this year, God’s plan unfolded piece by piece, the more I sought His will. Soon, I started to understand God’s promises because every situation I found myself in made me more dependent on His Word. Without God’s Word, I could not have successfully overcome my trials.
God in the “Valley of Crime”
The most recent stage of my journey taught me the meaning behind Psalm 23. I found myself in a dangerous country surrounded by a lot of crime. Thus, I needed to hold on to all of God’s promises. It wasn’t safe for me to freely roam far from my home, as I was constantly hearing news of violence and crime. But, during this time I learned about a new dimension of God’s goodness through what I call “the valley of crime”. Though fear was often present, I knew God had a plan for me. He promised He would never leave me, and I told myself, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of crime, I shall fear no evil for the Lord my God is with me.”
Yes, I was walking through the valley of crime, but God delivered me and I learned so much from the experience. I learned that living in a society without security was only possible by leaning fully on the Lord. Where there is no security, God’s presence is felt the most.
Our fear should not hinder us from voyaging to the places God calls us. Most of the time, our uncertainty towards the unknown keeps us from becoming who God has destined us to be. When we believe and follow His will, God will use us for great and mighty things. He will bless us so that we can become a blessing in our community.