Traveling through Baca
Updated: Jan 29
Have you ever heard of Baca? If you have read Psalms 84 then you might remember seeing that word. The chapter talks about, as Christians, we are all on a journey to Zion (Heaven). During that journey there are times when we go through the "Valley of Baca". (Baca means "weeping".) But as I was studying that passage, there was one word that popped out to me. In verse six, this first part of that verse reads, "As they pass through the Valley of Baca". Did the word pop out to you? The word is "pass". The verse did not use the word stayed, camped out, or dwelt; the word God used was "pass"! And it gets even better. The rest of the verse says, "they make it a place of springs, the autumn rain also covers it with pool." Charles Spurgeon puts it best in his commentary. He writes, "God gives to his people the supplies they need while traversing the roads which he points out for them. Where there were no natural supplies from below, the pilgrims found an abundant compensation in waters from above, and so also shall all the sacramental host of God's elect. Ways, which otherwise would have been deserted from want of accommodation, were made into highways abundantly furnished for the travellers' wants, because the great annual pilgrimages led in that direction; even so, Christian (s) converse and the joy of united worship makes many duties easy and delightful which else had been difficult and painful."
Even through the painful heartache of grief, we Christians will pass through grief and will be furnished with whatever we need. The fellowship of other believers will ease the difficult and painful travel through Baca. That word "pass" is so important. We must not pull out our sleeping bags and hunker down for the rest of our journey. We can not build a house and make that our dwelling place. Yes, it will take time to pass through Baca, but nowhere does God tell us that we are done, that we stay there for the rest of our lives. In fact, it's just the opposite. It was those who traveled prior, that dug holes for the rain so that those who traveled after them would have water.
I can tell you from four months of personal grief experience, that this is truth. God has met my every need. He has put people in my path that helped ease the difficulties and pain. They have helped make grief bearable and they are aiding me so that eventually, on my journey, I will pass through the Valley of Baca.
So I have to ask you, where are you on your journey? Are you grieving? Are you suffering through other circumstances? Our weeping and grief does not have to be due to the loss of a loved one. Greif can come in many forms. It could be the loss of a job, divorce, sickness, or any other life altering event besides just death. If you are walking through this valley, know God is there. Trust His word that he will supply your needs. Look up to the creator of our being who loves us unconditionally. Let Him pour out His grace and let Him take care of you.
What if you are not currently traveling in the valley of Baca? Maybe you are currently on the mountain top. How are you helping those who are in the valley? The commentaries I read talked about those who had traveled through Baca previously. They are the ones that dug holes for the rain so that the others who came behind them would have water to drink and could be refreshed. Are you digging holes for the rain to be collected to help those who come behind you? Are you doing anything to help those who are traveling the road of Baca? Again, from my own personal experience I can tell you a few "holes" that have helped me. It is those random texts saying I am being thought of and prayed for, the card that unexpectedly comes in the mail, the offer to come over for dinner or go out to eat. It is the petition of prayers on my behalf on those days that are so hard. There are so many opportunities for all of us to dig holes, to bring refreshment to those who are weary of the travel. Even in our own grief, we can still dig holes and bring refreshment to others.
My prayer is that through my experiences, my grieving, and heartache, that we all learn to be there for each other. That we all have a specific role to play, no matter where we are on our travels. We live in weary times, find your role and do your part. Our Lord's return is near! May He find you faithful.
If you are not a Christian, time is ticking. Ask Christ today to be your Lord and Savior. It is as easy as ABC! Mark 10:15 tells us we must come to Him like children. ("Truly I tell you, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.") Do not make eternity complicated and miss it!
"A" stands for Admit. A person must admit to God that she is a sinner. She must be sorry for her sin and turn away from sinning. Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Acts 3:19; and 1 John 1:9.
"B" stands for Believe. A person must believe that Jesus is God's Son and that God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for sin. John 3:16; John 14:6; and Romans 5:8.
"C" stands for Confess. A person must confess her faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9-10, 13.
After a person admits to God that she is a sinner, repents and turns from her sin, believes that Jesus is God's Son sent to die to pay for the sins of the world, and confesses that faith in Jesus, she is a Christian and knows Jesus as her Savior.
Dear God, thank You for choosing to love me! I know I am a sinner. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. I believe He rose again and lives today. Today, I repent and turn away from my sin. Thank You for Your wonderful love and for changing my life forever. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen