When You Go Through the Valley of Baca (Hardship)
--Psalm 84:5-7 (KJV)
Some time ago, after I'd preached on this verse, my friend, Jim Burmeister, loaned me a casette tape by Jack Hyles on the "The Valley of Baca."
Now, Jack Hyles isn't exactly my type. He's a snortin', yellin', narrow minded, independant, fundamentalist Baptist preacher. (Actually, he was that -- but a few years ago, he went home to glory, his rough edges have been sanded off and he's probably a Wesleyan now!)
However, driving to the hospital, ol' brother Jack really preached a good sermon to me -- snortin' and yellin' all the way. My heart was blessed. "Even though he's dead, yet he speaks."
Basically, there were two points:
1. Everybody, sooner or later, has to go through the Valley of Baca.
Baca is the place of weeping -- sickness, sorrow, trouble, loss.
2. When you are in the Valley of Baca, Dig a Well!
Dig a well for those who will follow after you -- those who will experience the same sufferings. Don't just waste your trial -- dig a well to be a source of hope and blessing to others who will follow the same path.