He will always lead us thru the dark places, either carries or prods us to move into a non comfort zone. We should have no fear through transition, even when we have lack understanding of the process and at times question ourselves.
This dark place is where you feel rejected, wounded and hurt while all the while wonder how you will make it thru. Your trust in man is depleted believing all mankind are liars, mean and cruel with their words of torment rewinding and replaying over and over in your head. It affects your thoughts, your daily life, your will power. You are coupled with a sense falling in a black hole desperately looking for God’s perfect will only hoping you are walking in it. The darkness of all darkness swarm like flies ready to lay and deposit their seeds of maggots with unbelief and disunity. All the while you trudge through the dung crying in a madness wishing it would all end, what is the use, what is the reason while the voices of horror cry out to give in and give up, that it really doesn’t matter! Walking or being carried either way you strap on the burdens of others pretending you have it all together, a King who hasn’t really lost direction but the cries of desperation seem to be echoed in the darkness as we are looking for a ray of light at the end of the path.
As you walk through the valley, you however hold on to a tiny spark of hope that through this you will learn something. You learn to trust more, love more and lean on the Shepherd. This valley is to the advantage. This valley is not death to the soul but death to the flesh giving life to the character of Jesus. It is a way to learn how to love, live and lead. The other side of the valley is the rainbow… the promise awaits… keep moving!
Psalm 23:4 Matthew Henry Commentary: The valley of the shadow of death may denote the most severe and terrible affliction, or dark dispensation of providence, that the psalmist ever could come under. Between the part of the flock on earth and that which is gone to heaven, death lies like a dark valley that must be passed in going from one to the other. But even in this there are words which lessen the terror. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. It is a valley, deep indeed, and dark, and miry; but valleys are often fruitful, and so is death itself fruitful of comforts to God’s people. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side.