The Valley of Baca
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
"Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion" (Ps 84:5-7).
There is a spiritual law in the Kingdom of God. Every great leader in the Kingdom will pass through the Valley of Baca. Baca means to weep. It comes from the Hebrew word,bakah (baw-kaw'); a primitive root; to weep; generally to bemoan.
However, Baca is also a place of springs. There is nothing better on a hot day when you're thirsty and weary than to drink water from a mountain spring. It refreshes. It renews. It gives you a second wind to continue your journey. Those who commit themselves to a pilgrimage with God will experience the Valley of Baca. But in the midst of Baca they will discover that in this valley they will also drink from a very special spring that refreshes with a different kind of living water.
It becomes the source of "secret things in hidden places" described by the prophet Isaiah (Isa 45:3) reserved only for those willing to journey on the Great Pilgrimage with God. Once you drink from this spring you will be energized in your spiritual man from strength to strength. Each Valley of Baca will result in a new spiritual spring from which you will drink. It is handmade just for you by God. But know this?it will be used to provide a refreshing drink for others you will encounter who are also on their pilgrimage.
Ultimately, Baca leads to the presence of God. There is something about being in a place with God that results in our weeping and crying out to Him. Do you find yourself in this place with God today? If so, know that His springs are also available to you. Ask him today to give you a drink from His spring only available in the Valley of Baca.
There is nothing like the feeling of being loved! Heavenly Father, you've created us to love and be loved and I thank you for all the love you have given me and shown me throughout all my days. Thank you Father for all the special touches and blessings that let me know you care about even the smallest details of my life and that you love will ALWAYS love me no matter what.
Thank you for my friends who are there for me...and that I can be there for them. Even through the seasons of my life some of my friends have come and gone. Thank you for the love of parents and children and extended family. Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the love in my life. I pray that every person who reads this will experience YOUR wonderful love...especially your unending, far-reaching, peace-bringing, merciful and unconditional love. Heavenly Father I love you with all my heart. In the name of my most precious and wonderful Savior Jesus I pray and offer you my love and thankfulness.
"Tears of the Saints"