The Valley of Tears is the vessel that holds the hostile truth in which we are baptized. In the Valley of Tears, we stew for a lifetime like pickles in a barrel of toxic brine.
The Valley of Tears is as foul as Eden was fair - as hostile as Eden was hospitable.
As we pass through the Valley of Tears, we eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction.
The Valley of Tears is hostile territory. In the Valley of Tears, we find ourselves behind enemy lines in no man's land . We are in danger. Our predicament in the Valley of Tears is dire.
Eden and the Valley of Tears are Opposites - Polar Opposites
The serpent turned the Garden of Eden inside out, topsy-turvey. In Eden, God planted a garden filled with the flowers of happiness.
In the Valley of Tears , the serpent planted an "anti-garden" filled with the weeds of misery .
In the Valley of Tears, God lets us put our fingers into the flames to learn for ourselves that the fire is hot. The Valley of Tears is a classroom in which the pedagogy is cruel - brutally cruel but effective.
The rod is not spared on the children of Adam and Eve in the Valley of Tears. Spare the rod and spoil the children .
The Valley of Tears is the womb through which we must pass in order to be born again into paradise.