Are You Stumbling?

If so, you could be travelling through ‘Baca‘.

I sympathise with anyone going through Baca right now, as I’ve travelled through it a few times so I know how rough it can be – very rough!

This valley is the complete opposite to the former, happy, care-free days in lush ‘Heidi land.’

This valley isn’t a nice and pleasant place to be!

In the Bible, The Valley of Baca was the route the Pilgrims had to go through if they were to get to a longed-for destination. There was no other route other than through the barren, long, hot, rocky Valley of Baca. It would depend on how big a traveller’s ‘want’ was, if they were to continue on such a trying journey. If their ‘want’ was desperate enough, they’d make it through.

For the Pilgrims, the dreaded journey through The Valley of Baca was to do what they longed to do most – worship in Jerusalem. But those who made it through would only be those who had kept on believing that the journey through this very rough road was worth it all.

But the tragedy is, many don’t continue, and do drop out on this Baca road. Many ‘stumble’ and don’t ‘dust themselves off’ and carry on, because they say that the road isn’t ‘quite what they expected it to be’ or was ‘a little ‘too hot’ for them, or wasn’t quite ‘cool’ or ‘trendy’ enough for them. But this is such a shame as the Valley of Baca is the route to somewhere special! And what a waste of a life-long journey with God, just to give up on the very last bit! Everyone knows that the last leg of a Marathon is the toughest.

We see envious images of climbers standing on the pinnacle of the highest of mountains looking as if they’d been dropped there by helicopter. But to get to such heights, and to behold such stunning beauty they’d had to pass gruelling endurance tests to see such beauty

But make no mistake… ‘Baca’ literally means ‘weeping’. The Valley of Baca is a place of tears! And weep you will. Hurt you will. You will not only stumble, but could feel too drained to even want to get up to keep going, because this Valley of tears is a trying time like no other.

On route, pilgrims would see others dropping by the wayside out one after another, wondering if they would be the only ones to arrive to the craved destination! A journey through Baca can end up being lonely towards the end. But far better to be lonely than not to make it at all!

There is a Scripture I love. It only has 5 words but it has done a lot for me…“And it came to pass”

Passing THROUGH the valley of Baca This means what is says – it doesn’t last. That ‘boulder’ or ‘big rock’ that you are struggling to get over over right now, is temporary, because everything here is temporary.

Weep as much as you need to weep. Cry to God as often as you need to. But keep your eye on the prize while doing so. The saying goes if something is too good to be true, then it usually is. But this is not so in the case of a Pilgrim!

It’s not too good to be true, that at the end we will actually see the very face of God!

It’s not too good to be true that we will see the nail prints in His hands.

It’s not too good to be true that you WILL see that loved one again at the end of your journey.

It’s not too good to be true, that your mansion is waiting for you to occupy, and the streets of pure gold waiting for you to walk upon. Why isn’t it too good to be true? Because God doesn’t lie!

Faith saysI won’t always weep.

Faith says I’ll get there.

Faith says,I have a another life after this one.

Faith says I’ll have a new body one day!

Faith says this journey is worth it to obtain what has been promised me!’

Faith keeps it’s eye on the prize, “I press toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14).

It doesn’t matter for whatever reason, that you are weeping and not walking as fast as you once did on suddenly finding yourself on such an unexpected trying Baca valley of tears. The important thing is that you don’t STOP walking altogether! It isn’t the pace, or the stumbling, or the weeping, that will rob you of getting to The Promised Land. It is the not wanting it enough to just keep on plodding on, “A righteous man falls seven times and rises again” (Proverbs 24:16).

It isn’t always God who sends us through this valley of tears. A valley of weeping can just happen somewhere along the Christian path. That’s life. Sin ruined how things should have been. But in The Promised Land there is nothing to ruin anything ever again!

But even on a rough ‘Baca‘ experience, God can and will still faithfully refresh a Pilgrim, to help them to just keep plodding on.

How blessed (i,e, privileged) is the person whose strength is in you. Passing through the valley of Baca (Lit:weeping) they make it a spring” (Psalm 84:6).

God bless. Christine.

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