Richard stepped out of the forest and saw a beautiful panorama before him.  He soaked in the view of deep valleys with trickeling streams, high mountains that appeared insurmountable and the beautiful clearings between them.  He heard a voice speak beside him; The high mountains will be difficult to climb, but the effort to reach the top will be worth much.  The valleys will be just as hard to navigate, but when you climb out of the valley into the restful clearing you will appreciate it so much more.  Your life is beautiful even with the low valleys and the seemingly insurmountable mountains.

Peace surrounded Richard as the voice continued; Stay on the path.  Sometimes you think that you can’t see Me, but I am just ahead clearing the way before you.  Wait patiently for Me to clear your path of obstacles too hard for you to move.  Enjoy the wait, and spend the time learning about Me.  Refresh your feet in the cool waters and eat the fruit provided to increase your strength.  I am almost done clearing the path before you.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23