Lenten Reader | Day 28

My Cup Overflows

Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Psalm 23:4-6
There was a time in my life that I definitely walked through my darkest valley. There was about a ten-year span where my marriage was not very healthy. At one of its lowest points, we separated. I was devastated. It was hard to put one foot in front of the other just to get through each day. I prayed a lot. I even wrote notecards to set around as daily reminders that contained Scripture about waiting on the Lord. I needed to wait until He could change hearts. It felt like it would never happen, but each day He renewed my hope that it could. That we could get to the other side better than before. Doesn’t God promise that He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine?

We eventually made it, but it wasn’t smooth or easy. But we kept looking to God for guidance. Today, my cup overflows! We are together and healthy in body and relationship. We moved to a smaller home that we are slowly fixing up. Our kids are grown, and one is now married so our family is growing! I recently received a job promotion at work. God is so good! He gives so much more than we deserve. My list of blessings would be endless!

On a funny note, I walked through the actual valley of the shadow of death in Israel and got lost! My husband, daughter, and I were trying to walk to the City of David, but we could not find a route to get there. We ended up near an unknown neighborhood and began to fear a bit! We were lost in a country with a lot of unrest. But we turned and looked to the temple and kept our path straight and finally retraced our steps back to Jerusalem. Praise God!

Leslie Kunz