This morning, I read in Psalm 84:6, “Blessed are those whose strength is in [God], whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they regard it as a place of springs.”
I learn that the Valley of Baca is the valley of weeping. It’s a metaphor for desolation and despair. With God’s strength, however, the traveler regards this valley as a place of abundance. It’s fertile and flowing.
It becomes exactly what it doesn’t seem to be.
With a heart set on pilgrimage, we look around and see things differently. Every depressing valley isn’t actually a valley of weeping; it’s fertile ground for whatever’s growing. It’s a condition perfect for our journey.
With God’s strength, and with that mindset of pilgrimage, the whole landscape before us changes.
Have you taken a pilgrimage?