Just a little “Friday Funny” to go along with this week’s devotional. Stop worrying, friend! He’s got this! Have a blessed weekend!
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I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
(Isaiah 41:10, The Message version)
Pulling out of the driveway with my children safely buckled up in the back seat, I glanced over and observed a small group of wiggly children. It was the first day of school, and several parents had gathered on the opposite side of the street, smiling, waving and taking pictures as they waited for the bus.
It was a new school for us, so I decided to drive and ensure my children found their way to the proper classrooms.
Other than a brief introduction with their teachers the week before, my children would arrive without knowing a soul.
We approached the classroom door, and I prayed the day would go well. Then, I left them in the hands of someone I didn’t know.
They were on their own.
I hoped I’d done enough. Taught them enough. Encouraged them enough. Prayed enough. I wished I could stay and help them navigate the school, new relationships and routines.
Reflecting on that moment, it occurs to me that God (thankfully!!) doesn’t operate this way. God does not prepare us for a future and leave us at the classroom door – or the bus stop – with a toothy grin, a flashing camera and an encouraging “Good luck!”
No! We are his precious children who he calls by name and redeemed us from death. Throughout our life journey, He walks in beside us, guides us and hems us in from behind. You might say our Heavenly Father is a bit of a “helicopter parent.” An ever-present help in times of need – always hovering and ready for our call.
Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
(Isaiah 43:1b – 2)
What a comforting truth – especially when you feel like that new kid on the block who has arrived, but uncertain of which direction to go next.
Dear Father, Thank you for tenderly leading me on life’s journey. Your kindness is overwhelming! I don’t need to panic. You are with me. You won’t let me fall or get stuck when I call out to you for help. How I treasure the wisdom you impart to me when I am at a loss for what to do next. Guide my steps today that I may walk in the path that you hand-picked for me with great consideration. Amen.
Ironing it out:
Have you ever felt like God has taken you on a journey and dropped you off? What is your reaction in such times? Feeling overwhelmed, do you tend to panic?
Sometimes He is silent, but He never leaves us. At times like this, what promises do you treasure? I hope you’ll share a few!
Is life giving you a little tunnel vision? Whatever mountains face you today, remember, our God is the mover of mountains and the lover of our souls! He goes before us, behind us and beside us every step of the journey. He knows what is in store – in fact, our future is but a memory to Him! Don’t panic. Call out to Him!
He’s got this!
I couldn’t sleep. Like Jeff Gordon at the Indy 500, my mind raced. Instead of sleep, I made mental lists of what I needed to do around the house, for work, for my family, for my son’s school project, and, oh! Were we on budget for the month?
What is it about that pillow that seemingly causes anxiety to find the accelerator, and slam it all the way down to the floor in a New York minute?
Trying to calm my thoughts, I began recounting God’s promises and blessings. Suddenly, an unfamiliar noise interrupted my train of thought. I quieted my breathing and listened intently.
What was that? An animal outside? A mouse? What about an intruder?
There it was again.
A door closed, and I heard a faint cry.
Leaping from my bed, I instinctively knew the exact location of that cry, as well to whom it belonged. Within moments, I found my toddler in a little heap on the floor just inside his bedroom door, sobbing. As I scooped him up into a reassuring hug, I asked what was the matter.
“Mommy, (sniff, sniff) I need a drink.”
Without another word, I took him into the bathroom for a small glass of water. He emptied it in no time and relaxed back into my shoulder like a rag doll. His need had been met. His world was secure. And he could rest peacefully ’til morning.
As I slipped back into my bed, I thought about my son. And just as those anxious thoughts began to creep back in, I visualized Jesus coming through the darkness to my aid.
He intimately knows my needs, my fears and my vulnerabilities. He knows what I’m up against each day. The Psalmist reminds me I need not worry because God is with me. Always.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4
When my toddler needed a drink in the middle of the night, he didn’t worry about where the water would come from. He simply cried out to the one he knew could help him. How much more should I cry out to Jesus for help when life feels overwhelming?
Dear Jesus, you are my good shepherd. Thank you for keeping watch over me when the storms rage. Thank you also for knowing my missteps before they ever occur, and for forgiving me even when I didn’t heed your warning. Help me to seek you first, focusing my eyes on you – not my circumstances. Amen.
For discussion: If you feel comfortable, would you share your story of how God has rescued you from a difficult circumstance or given you peace during a raging storm? Your story may encourage someone else in the midst of a challenging time.