One of the most comforting verses in the Bible to many Christians is found in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” There is so much hope to be derived from these simple words. Many have taken this verse up as a mantra in times of mortal hardship such as terminal illness, deadly situations, even times of war.

But whether the potential outcome is fatal or not, we all walk through valleys in life. The valley of illness. The valley of depression. The valley of financial burden. Of divorce. Of loss. Although every valley of the shadow looks different, the God who walks through them with us is unchanging. The Psalmist happened to be facing an enemy who wanted him dead at the time. But these words ring as true for those who are facing the shadow of broken-heartedness as those who are facing the shadow of their own death.

Your God cares. He is with you. He is beside you. He will not leave or forsake you.

Take a moment to consider your life. What valleys are you in? What shadows do you walk beneath? I encourage you to lift them in prayer today. Lift them to the One who walks beside you through the darkest of the dark. The One whose light pierces the gloom and illuminates the way.

No matter how dim the way, His light shines brighter. He walks with you through your valley, no matter the nature of it, and He will be with you still when you emerge on the other side. His rod and His staff will comfort you. He will guide and guard you forever.

Have trust. Have peace. Fear nothing.

He is with you in your valley.