Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Word for the 'Hills and Valleys': Finding God Everywhere

Hills and Valleys
Tauren Wells - Hills and Valleys (2017) / Amazon

Last week, after I checked out “Known” by Tauren Wells, I decided to explore more of his discography. I decided to take a listen to the title track from his album Hills and Valleys (2017), and I loved it. Wells has a voice that...centers you. His voice is the kind that you listen to in the proverbial valley, when there’s chaos all around, and on the proverbial mountaintop, to remind you Who set you there in the first place. His album is certainly aptly titled.

The lyricism in these tracks is absolutely superb. The mellow tone of his voice pairs wonderfully with lyrics that are easy to learn, but also force the listener to think about the meaning they carry:

I've walked among the shadows

You wiped my tears away

And I've felt the pain of heartbreak

And I've seen the brighter days

And I've prayed prayers to heaven from 

my lowest place

And I have held Your blessings

God, You give and take away

No matter what I have, Your grace is 


No matter where I am, I'm standing in 

Your love

This is the perfect example of how God is a God of highs and lows. Everything that happens in life, good or bad, He allows. Job 1:21 says “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (NIV). This song teaches listeners how to trust God when times are hard and how to praise Him and reverence Him when everything is going well:

On the mountains, I will bow my life

to the One who set me there

In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the One 

who sees me there

When I'm standing on the mountain, I 

didn't get there on my own

When I'm walking through the valley, I 

know I am not alone

That was the part of the song that really hit home for me: I know I am not alone. Seasons and people change. The valley doesn’t last always, and neither does the mountaintop. Only one thing stays the same: Whether we’re up high or down low, God is always with us, even if we feel alone. We’ve all been in the valley at some point, and let’s be honest, it gets lonely at the top sometimes, too. We will always need God, even when we feel like we’ve got it all together, and especially when we don’t. So, today and every day, let’s challenge ourselves to make space and time for Him in every hill, every valley, every nook and cranny of our lives. He’s right there beside us all the time. All we have to do is look for Him.

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