Christianity has its own buzzwords of course – a “mountaintop experience” means close with God or a spiritual experience.
a “walk through the valley” means you are feeling alone and abandoned by God. I’m really not sure why, I really don’t see that in the Bible, but hey! I’ve missed things before.
So, when God is not showing you claps of lightning and thunder every day, when there’s no sudden “aha!” moment of Scripture… what then?
Keep plugging. This is the most important time. Why? You’re saturating your brain in Bible.
During the “valley” times, it’s almost as important to double up on your Bible reading.
As you grow from “little Children” to “young men” or “Fathers” in the Scriptures, these times are preparing the futiure, truly deep insights where you begin to grasp Hebrews. Where you make the connections I recently made a few years back, when I realized that Colossians is connected to Galatians is connected to Romans is connected to Hebrews. If you literally read the books in that order, you begin to see… “aha!”
That’s when you realize there are CHAINS of chapters in Romans. Look for “Wherefore-therefore”. Connect-the-dots, Bible style! Each chapter weaves a linked chain.
I owe it to the so called Valley times, when it felt like God set me there, walked off and left me.
The best example really is Joseph left in the prison. He emerged from there and found himself second to Pharaoh. Or Moses in the Desert. Or even Paul in the desert, left alone by the other Apostles, but being taught personally by the Lord.
The valley times I got through by getting busy, reading the Bible when it just felt like I was wasting my time. I emerged from it, and it was suddenly, “Whoah!”
Because of the Valley times, I see that Mattew is really the key to the Gospels for me. Other people have Luke opened to them from the Lord. Understanding what the Kingdom was for me was a HUGE thing.
If right now, it feels like the Lord dropped you in the wilderness of Judea with a pat on the head and “I’ll be right back…”