When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up – the flames will not consume you.
I took some non-highway roads on the way to the churches today. The roads are showing the ramifications of a long winter. Several “Dip” signs speckled the roadway. May times, I stuck my hand over the passenger seat so my things wouldn’t end up on the floor. The shocks on my vehicle got a work-out today!
This is the time of year the roads are simply rough. As the temperatures vacillate between freezing and thawing, the roads heave. Thus, all the dips, bumps and unflat surfaces.
Ever feel like your life is filled with bumps, dips and unflat surfaces? Yep. Yet we have this promise from the prophet Isaiah: God will be with us. In deep waters. When in great trouble. We won’t drown or be burned up. God is with us. More often than we realize, God puts a protective hand across us, making sure we don’t constantly end up on the floor. Now this is something to give thanks for.
Why is it that we more often do not recognize your presence in the bumps of our lives rather than be thankful you journey with us? Thanks for all the times you have protected me. Thanks for absorbing more of the shock than we ever realize. Whatever dip is happening in my life this day, may I see you journeying with me. Amen.
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