I like this quote from Chesterton! Perhaps another way of saying his quote could be: “How different life looks like on the ground as opposed to the window seat at 30,000 feet. At very high altitudes we can barely see what is on the ground.”
In a generalized manner of speaking, the Bible has quite a few things to say about “valleys!” It was in the Valley of Elah that David killed Goliath (1 Sam. 17); it was a valley of death that David traversed a number of times, but feared nothing because the presence of the Lord was greater (Psa. 23); and the Sons of Korah wrote of their journeys through the Valley of Baca (Psa. 84:6). Baca is a word translated elsewhere as “weeping, lament, complain, sore, bemoan.”
With the naked eye from 30,000 feet, valleys may be undistinguishable and Goliath doesn’t seem all that impressive. In short, we do life in the valleys and things appear as they really are. The valley of the shadow of death has the increased presence of God with us. Valleys of weeping are turned to springs of water and giants are brought low by a teenager who is impressed more with God than a boastful big man.
Don’t get me wrong! I think we need the mountain top vistas…they are breath-taking and refreshing at once, but valleys are where we experience day-to-day life with the God of miracles.
And all valleys are “through” valleys.