Psalm 104: 5-9 He established the earth upon its foundations so that it will not move out of place forever and ever. Thou didst cover it with the deep as a garment, the waters were standing above the mountains. At Thy rebuke they fled; at the sound of Thy thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which Thou didst establish for them. Thou didst set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they may not return to cover the earth. New American Standard (NAS)
On a train through the Toltec-Cumbres Valley in New Mexico, the tour guide shared that the valley we traveled through was once part of a large body of water. The water that remained was not a big river, but rushing and cutting through the earth’s stones, it had created this valley. The river continued to churn year after year, tearing at the earth, flooding with the spring snows, and curving in its own direction for pleasure. As I stared at the river far below the bridge, I recalled that the churning of time continues in my life. The boundary set by the walls of stone are like my boundaries I set in my life. The boundaries of acceptance and forgiveness change, and require time and constant motion to navigate. Our valley to God’s heart is always changing too, and we do well to traverse it with patience and perseverance.
What valley are you crossing now?