Being Broken in the Valley – Testimony #19


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Broken in the Valley

In those first seven years of being back with Jesus, my overriding and continuing fear was a lack of assurance that I was saved and accepted. It was almost like an obsession at times, robbing me of joy and peace. I just couldn’t get it through my head that God loved me and that I was acceptable to him. However, as always, God had his plan. One night while I was falling asleep, I felt a tremendous sense of God’s Spirit in the room and it was wonderous! After a few minutes, I settled a little and then, I began to press my head back deep into my pillow. It felt like Jesus’ face was right in front of mine and it was amazing.

The next day I wrote down what I’d seen. The first vision was of a racehorse, the second was of a rocky beach and the third was the big one. The racehorse represented me as a passionate but unbroken person and like a horse, I needed to be broken and brought into a place of submission. The second was an uneven rocky beach, which represented any Christian life, where sometimes you’re up and see clearly and others, you’re in a valley, unable to see. And the third was big.

At the end of this encounter, I had a vision of Jesus, washing my feet. My first reaction was to say no Lord? No what are you doing? But in the vision, he just looked up at me and simply said, ‘friend.’ I was hugely taken aback and for a few days, I couldn’t quite take it in and put it in the right box. But he’d been so clear and it felt good. What didn’t feel good, were the next couple of years to come, where I’d not only experience how God breaks an unbroken horse, but experience a deep valley of depression and serious illness. But like the master he is, it certainly wasn’t all bad and he came through for me many times.

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About Steven Birnie

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.