This is something I wrote years ago during some of the darkest hours of my life. If you have ever been in this hurting place, you will recognize it and remember it for the rest of your life. We go into it for different reasons and at different times, and we leave by different routes and in different ways, but it is the same Lord who goes with us through it and brings us safely to the other side!
Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Hebrews 13:5 ...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
How did I come to this loathsome place - this deep, dark canyon with its high sheer sides where no light penetrates the constant gloom - this vale that is filled with shadows and darkness? It seems only yesterday I was walking in pleasant places full of sunshine and fresh breezes. While I was not noticing the road descended into this fearsome depth. I would not turn back. I am no Ephraimite (Ps. 78:9). But, I could not if I would, for the path has closed behind me and there is no way to go but forward and through.