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“Thought for the Day”
by Art Sadlier   
July 25th, 2014

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools” Psalm 84:6

Alexander McLaren paraphrased this verse, “Who passing through the valley of weeping maketh it a place of blessing”

Baca was a dry, arid place on the way to Jerusalem. The weary thirsty pilgrims found no refreshment there. The believer on his way to the heavenly Jerusalem passes through many a dry place. There are places of trial, testing and troubles and tears that God allows into our lives to make us more like Christ in order to better aid us on our way to the heavenly city.

There is persecution, rejection and suffering which God allows into the believers life for His own purposes and His own glory. These bring tears that can fill the dry places of our lives with pools of blessing. Our disappointments and sorrows change our lives and bless us and make us a blessing to others. To discover that God is allowing our troubles and intends them to lead us into a greater dependence on Him and to a sweeter relationship with him is to turn sorrow to joy.

Our trials and tears ought to ultimately, like pools of water,  bring refreshing to those around us in the dry places or the Bacas in their lives.

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