Valley of Achor… A Door of Hope

There’s a verse, Hosea 2:15, that speaks of the Valley of Achor. I have pondered that verse and   studied it many times because it seems so fitting in many situations in life. The word “valley” means a deep or broad depression. When we think of being in a valley in life, we often think of it as being a hard place, a time when we may feel depressed or without hope. Interestingly, the word “Achor” means trouble, to disturb, afflict, stir up as roiling water. So, when we consider the Valley of Achor,  

we cMaui Mike 131an picture the metaphor of a person who is perhaps troubled or in a literal depression. One who is in a dejected or disheartened state of mind. But we can’t stop there because the verse goes on to speak of the Valley of Achor as a “door of hope.” This seems to imply that within the very place where trouble lies is also the gateway that offers access to hope, something to look forward to, something optimistic to anticipate, an expectation of good.

As I cared for my mother with Alzheimer’s, there were times I felt like I was in the valley, even a deep chasm with no exit. Day after day watching her drift away seemed endless at times. As God built me up in those times, an expectation, a hope stirred in my soul. Indeed, today my mother is in the Lord’s loving care. My highest expectation for her has become reality. An end did come to her misery and to my care taking. We are both in a different place. That valley, that trial is in the past. So, if you are presently in the Valley of Achor, turn your face toward the Lord, and by faith, know that He is unfolding a plan suited just to you and your needs. He wants you to watch for the door of hope in the midst of your trial.

Hosea 2:15 “Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”

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