I've heard two things on the radio lately that encourage me:
1. The wilderness is not a destination, but only a place through which to travel on the way to our destination, the promised land.
2. Our Shepherd leads us "through" the valley of the shadow of death. I'd never noticed the word "through" before -- now it comforts me to think that the valley is, like the wilderness, just a place to get through, not to stay.