Everyone is different and has various destinations that they would like to visit. Although I love to travel, I am not as adventurous when it comes to picking certain destinations to visit. For the sake of this post, let’s say I planned a trip to Seattle, Washington. Traveling by plane would take at least 8 hours because I live on the East Coast and Seattle is on the West Coast. When booking the flight, I have options to choose from that could make my flight longer than 8 hours, but 8 hours is the minimum time.

During the flight, some stops have to be made for various reasons. These are called layovers. A layover is a period of rest or waiting before a further stage in a journey. During this resting period, a person could be asked to board a different plane because the original plane was only meant to carry the passengers as far as it did. Or the passengers may continue on this plane, but this was a planned stop because the plane needed refueling for the next leg of the journey. Depending upon the layover type, people may sometimes stay on the plane or wait inside the airport. The airport has restaurants, gift shops, and bathrooms for the convenience of the passengers. A critical key is paying attention to the time, so you do not miss your fight.

Life is like this also. When we are working towards a specific thing that we have been called to, there is a process we must go through to achieve it. I like to call it a journey. After we accomplish one part of the journey, we start working towards the next part, and it continues on. We are consistently improving, creating, shaping, and evolving in life. Sometimes during the process, we encounter obstacles along the way. What we do during these obstacles is critical to us reaching our destination. God is always there to order our steps and give us direction when we don’t know what to do. Encountering tough times is a part of life but let’s think about it this way. When you come to a valley moment in your life, remember that it is a passageway, not your final destination.

During those valley moments or layovers, take the time to get fueled up. We must care for ourselves physically and spiritually to accomplish what God needs us to do. Physically we have to ensure we are getting enough rest, eating right, and exercising. During this time especially, we need to make sure that we are spending time with key people in our lives that will encourage us not to give up. We need people who will pray and speak life over us. We must have people in our lives that we can draw strength from when needed. Spiritually, we must make sure that we are spending time with God. This involves talking and, most importantly, listening. God will speak and give direction during quiet, intimate moments like these. God says in Deuteronomy 4:29, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” God would not call us to carry out an assignment without equipping us. The valley moments are not meant to destroy us. Just like the workers look over the plane to ensure everything is working and functioning correctly; in the valley moments, allow yourself to be serviced by God. Allowing God to service us will ensure that we operate correctly. He is going to make sure that we think like him. When bumps or turbulence comes, God wants to make sure that what comes out of us is speaking life, not curses or death. He wants to make sure that we have faith to trust Him and depend on Him.

I want to emphasize that the valley experience is not your destination. It is just the passageway to your destination. Don’t stop there and become complacent. Remember, layovers are temporary, not final. If you are experiencing a valley moment, this is not your final stay! Fuel up and prepare for your flight. Just like the attendants come over the intercom and say that “Flight 808 to Seattle, Washington is now boarding at Gate 9”, God is saying you have been here long enough; it’s time to move. Make sure you are ready!

Dear God,

Thank you for being the head of our lives. We pray for strength as we continue to press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ. We will not stop, and we will not give up. We trust the plan that you have for our lives and will continue to strive for greatness in you. We thank you for quipping us for the journey that you have us on, but most of all we thank you for your presence in our lives. We thank you for covering us as do your will. In Jesus Name Amen!  

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