In the Valley #poetry #reflection

when there is nothing what do you do where do you go?

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death your perfect love is casting out fear”

Yes I can read these words

I memorized them as a child


until I am in the valley

crawling on my knees

hoping for an oasis

to stem the tide

quench my thirst

I do not understand the full capacity

the strength

of loving arms that pull me up

carry me to the water’s edge

“drink” you say as you cup your hands

the sweetest tasting water caresses my lips

I am filled

I am still in the valley but I have living water to get me through

to remind me I am not alone

you are here when they have all left me to my own

and I am whole in you


Today at Faith Barista the prompt is “when your journey leads you downhill … God will make a way”

I have been sojourning in the valley floor for a year (tomorrow is the anniversary). I wrote a friend telling him “I have nothing but I have everything I could possibly need in Him.”

In one year I have lost everything tangible (other than a few sticks of furniture) no car, no home, a few clothes, my health has failed me and I have been admitted twice to the hospital in one month (no way to pay those bills); the kicker was the tests that came back .I have licked the valley floor and yet I have never known such peace in my life. The water I drink is love; love from God and people I did not know giving me gifts, telling me they would be praying for me, loving me with a smile, clearing a surgery schedule, forgiving my multi hospital visit debt…

I write this not to ask you to feel bad for me please don’t – I am in capable, strong hands and in the best place I could possibly be. What about you? If you lost everything today, could you strain your eyes to see the oasis in the distance? Could you release yourself/ really let go and be caught by capable, loving hands? He is more than sufficient for our every need.

Photograph “Alone” L. Moon copyright 2011

Author: moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing and publishing in multiple genres (including education) in E. African for E. Africa. As a writer, it is a thrill to write for children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 13 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - my joy is in meeting you!

10 thoughts on “In the Valley #poetry #reflection”

  1. Leslie, I too have wondered about you. As I read I see your heartaches but I also see your strength. As you know I too have went through terrible situations and came out stronger. We both lean on the same God and he is our strength. You and your beautiful poetry will continue to grow and come out on top. Much Love – Neva Changefulstorm


  2. …the tests that came back. I hope you are well, the tests being those you have faced this past year, not tests from the hospital…? No home? No car? I hope a job. I really don’t think I would do so well, faith in God withstanding…

    Your poetry is beautiful, if that is any help…


  3. Perhaps small consolation, but I have been through much & will always have an ear for you should you need someone to speak to.
    Stay strong, stay positive & remember: Tough times don’t last; tough people do.


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