Tomorrow morning I'm stepping down into the valley. You know, the valley mentioned in Psalm 23:4 - the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Whoaaa...that sounds heavy. It IS heavy. At least from my perspective. I'm placing my life in the hands of skilled surgeons, but knowing that they are skilled does not preclude a ton of possibilities. And for several days now, those possibilities have been going through my mind. The valley is deep and the shadows are long and they loom heavy. If we get our preferences (or our druthers), I'd much prefer not to have to go there. But druthers don't count for much in most of our life.
A friend reminded me of Daniel 3:17-18 wherein Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answer King Nebuchadnezzar. The king has assigned them to the fiery furnace for their refusal to bow down to the golden image (idol) set up by the king. The three say this, "...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."
Get it? The three were worshippers of the Creator God, the Almighty God, the Only God. And whether God caused them to walk into death or to remain in life, they acknowledged Him as their God. And then, marvelously we read Daniel 3:25. Nebuchadnezzar is astonished to see a fourth person in the midst of the fiery furnace...and says the fourth one's appearance is "like a son of the God's". An angel? The pre-incarnate Christ? Whichever, we know that this person is protecting the three.
God causes each one of us to walk our own individual path...you can't walk mine and I can't walk yours. Where God takes me is God's business...and if it is His business, how can I object to where He takes me? How can I complain, as Job did, that He is not treating me fairly? God has all our days written before we are ever born. I can look back and see nothing but God's blessings on my life. I have no complaints.
Surely God's mercy is with me at all times. Psalm 23:6.