For some reason this song is playing itself over and over in my brain . . .
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.
Some people say that John was a Baptist,
Some folks say he was a Jew,
But your holy scripture tells you
That he was a preacher too.
Daniel was a Bible hero,
Was a prophet brave and true,
In a den of hungry lions
Proved what faith can do for you.
There’s a road that leads to glory
Through a valley far away,
Nobody else can walk it for you,
They can only point the way.
Mamma and daddy loves you dearly,
Sister does and brother, too,
They may beg you to go with them,
But they cannot go for you.
I’m gonna walk that lonesome valley,
I’m gonna walk it by myself,
Don’t want to nobody to walk it for me,
I’m gonna walk it by myself.
. . . then I got to thinking . . . hey – wait a minute!
. . . It is a great song . . . but it doesn’t exactly represent the whole Truth!
God desires us to join TOGETHER – to help us to ‘bear one another’s burdens’ – to teach, admonish, encourage, share with one another. Yes, we each have our own specific path (trials, temptations, life in general) that we are set on to walk out our faith, but His Word is very clear cut on instructions for us to NOT be alone in our journey!
The Lord does want us to spend alone time with Him – developing an intimate relationship with Him, allowing Holy Spirit to minister to definitive areas in our lives that need work, but that is not an “all the time” position. God never intended for man to be alone – so He created woman to be his help-meet. Scripture tells us over and over that there is strength in numbers and unity . . . let’s take a look at just a few examples:
“if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes 4:11 NIV
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Romans 14:19 – how can we do this if we are always alone?
“Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:2 NIV – again, we can not build one another up in the faith if we are keeping to ourselves! And, if we isolate ourselves, who will be there to encourage us along our journey?!
. . . and, for me, the most poignant example of this is in 1 Corinthians 12 – we (you and me) make up His body – His bride. This passage goes on to explain how we are all to be CONNECTED together – each one of us has a part in His Kingdom. How can we truly be His body if we keep ourselves “alone on our own ‘lonesome valley’ (journey)? No – we NEED others! Whether or not we want to believe it, it is truth.
Iron sharpens iron. Coal squeezed brings forth diamonds. If there is no one around to sharpen us, how can we mature? If there is no one around to squeeze . . . how can we find out what is really inside of us?
Something to think about . . .