There have been times in my life when the way was dark and uncertain; times when it seemed that all was lost. I have been on the sunlit mountain top and I have been in the dark valley. I like the mountain top better than the dark valley, but there are things to be learned in the valley that cannot be learned on the mountain top.
David spoke of his time in the dark valley in Psalm 13:1-2, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?”
Peter spoke of the same situation in 1 Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
The poet wrote of the time of trial that must come into every believer’s life.
He knows it all – The winding path, the sky o’er cast with grey, the steepness of the mountainside, the roughness of the way.
He knows it all – The haunting fear, the doubting’s that distress, the wanderings and perplexities, and all the strain and stress.
He knows it all – each troubled thought, each anxious wave of care, and every burden, every grief, or cross that dost bear.
He knows it all – thy weight of woe, thine oft tear dimmed eye, the stabbing pain, the slow, dull ache, and sorrow’s broken cry.
He knows it all – by His to choose, and thine to take His choice! He knows it all, He planned it so! Then trust Him and rejoice! (Unknown)