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.

At the altar, or at the start of any relationship, the euphoria of young love is always so thrilling that no one expects to have turns or curves later on in life.

Even when exchanging the vows, we are always so enthralled to recite those words without keenly thinking through- “in sickness…for poorer…for worse…”

We are always expectant of the good but never too welcoming when life throws us under its wheels.

Marriage is no exception to this. We will go through darkest valleys; we will experience pain.

There is no escape to this.

I was never prepared for the low moments in my marriage. I was never prepared for the times that we would hurt each other with our words, or go though unexpected child loss.

We still go through the valleys – but the best part of all this is that we have our Shepherd.

A shadow happens based on the location of the object or person versus the location of the light. The direction in which the shadow is perceived depends on the view of the object or person.

When I face the light, the shadow is still there, but behind me. How comforting to know that a shadow cannot exist on its own. It’s not exclusive to itself, but very dependent on the presence of light!

Death trails us at every side, but we cannot and should never be afraid since we walk with the one who conquered death and hell itself- Revelation 1:18.

Marriage will inadvertently present us hard seasons.

Even with the most “perfect” of a spouse, the reality of marriage is that hard seasons will come to groom us to be well equipped for every good work before us. 2nd Timothy 3:17.

Hard seasons come to teach us total dependence on our Shepherd, to lean on Him and cleave to Him knowing that we cannot control anything in our lives.

In the valley of the shadow of death, He does two things, COMFORTS through His staff, and CHASTENS through His rod.

But how many of us like to be corrected anyway. When His sanctification process begins, we take off, we flee from His presence, yet it’s at His very presence that we glean wisdom from.

Do not run away from the presence of God.

I know your marriage is in shambles. Probably you are not talking to each other.

I know your emotional pain echoes louder than the physical pain. I know he/she cheated and betrayed you even after you gave them your all. I know ends seem not to meet.

I know the pain of childlessness and the wounds that your friends have left as they made insensitive remarks about you still rank out a bad odor.

I know they backstab you at work, go behind your back to plot against you.

I know the pain and the sting of death.

The tears of grief that choke your tear glands as they stream down your face. I know the gap cannot be filled by anything.

I know the valley of the shadow of death.

But we have our Shepherd. The one who walks before us. The one who upholds us. The one who wipes away our tears. The one who restores what no man can restore – HE RESTORES TIME. He is the gap-filler.

Do not run away from the presence of God.

He will and is your comfort. Your pain will soon turn into marks of beauty, marks of triumph for His glory.




We are John and Mary Munene and we love the Lord! Christ is our all in all! All we are is by God’s grace. Apart from having our individual careers, we are ardent bloggers, authors and misters of God's word. We have been blessed with two amazing children. A beautiful daughter and a handsome son. We love adventure, anything with lots of adrenaline is always a ‘go-thing’ for us! A cup of coffee next to a fireplace and a good book always does good to our souls! Hope you enjoy this blog!

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