It seems that over this past week God has been trying to get my attention. Everywhere I look and read I am seeing that sometimes life goes where we didn’t want it to go, but that doesn’t mean that God has taken his hand off us? Yesterday I read in an old friend’s blog (Jesus is for losers) about how following God can lead us into dark places we would not choose to go to. Then this morning I read this cartoon by ABSOJesus about how we want to follow God but get upset when things are not all rosy.
This has been a tough week – my hubby is down about our future and his ability to provide. This is not a new concern but every now and again it weighs heavy on him – this is one of those weeks. It is hard for him to see God’s hand on our lives and pressure to provide, as well as the ticking hands of the clock bring a burden without easy solutions. So as a wife I wait, pray and feel a bit helpless.
I am reminded that God never promised a picture perfect life, but he did promise to be with us.
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
We are not told ‘if’ we pass through the waters, but rather ‘when’. But I am encouraged for three reasons in this passage:
- We are not alone in the waters or fire – God is with us
- The rivers will not sweep us away, nor the flames burn us up
- We will not be stuck in the waters or fire forever – we are passing through.
So today I pray that God will lead us out of the waters and that while we are still in them we will not panic, but instead be assured of His presence and trust his direction.