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And the LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him on the mountain of God, and kissed him.  Exodus 4:27

When I read the scripture above I was confused somewhat.  I wondered, how can the wilderness and the mountain be in the same place?  Most of us see the mountain as a place of success and the wilderness as a place of failure or lack.  However, God sent Aaron into the wilderness and he met Moses on the mountain.  As I asked God for revelation He told me “the wilderness is a place of rest and revelation in order to have strength and wisdom to make it up the mountain”.  WOW!  I was blown away by that and suddenly I saw the wilderness differently.  I became excited about my next wilderness experience and I reflected back on the last one I had.  What did I learn and how far did I go afterwards?  Amazingly I did learn how to trust God more, I did learn how to plan and prepare and I was ready when God began to bless me with the business I now have.  What is God telling you while you are at this down period in your life?  What did He tell you when you were in your last down period?  Are you really ready for the mountain?

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  Psalm 23:4  David had the right idea in that he did not see his valley experience as a bad thing and he chose not to focus on it.  David chose to focus on God and His protection.  He realized that there was something he could learn while in the valley and as a result he made a commitment to God while there Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:6 This may be a good time for you to make a commitment to God so that when you are elevated to the mountain top you won’t get full of yourself and think you made it all by yourself.  But in the meantime, please remember your situation is not your destination.  Learn and prepare.  Soon it will be time to leave the valley and climb up the mountain.  Will you be ready?

Thank God for valley experiences,
Minister Deidra Bibb