Walking down the road, I’m struck by the parallels between my son’s thoughts and my own thoughts. I recall a dozen times when it felt like the Lord had completely forsaken me: that race I lost, that bad breakup, Bekah’s medical condition, forty weeks of sickness – twice, the day the car broke down at the bridal shop with my baby girl screaming in the backseat, and more.
Things don’t go my way, and I’m prone to find myself wavering. I’m prone to wonder. Prone to leave the God I love. But his promise is this: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Why do I, like little Caleb, doubt that he means what he says?
I think long on this as I walk, and I list the promises for the hard times:
God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
Nothing can separate me from his love (Romans 8:38-39).
He will go with me through the high waters and the fires (Isaiah 43:2).
He won’t withhold what is good from me (Psalm 84:11).
He is close to those who are brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
He will use these fiery trials for his glory (1 Peter 1:6-7).
I’m suddenly struck by the reality that I often live like I don’t believe these promises. I live like they count for the struggles and trials of others but not for my own. What if I actually lived like I fully believed every word that proceeds from his mouth?
I would have less fear and a greater capacity to love. I would give freely and store up fewer treasures on earth. I would encounter an abundant kind of life that I’ve been craving all along.
Returning home, Caleb has forgotten about the meltdown that took place when I walked out the door. He’s chasing his dad and his sister around the yard with delighted squeals. I kiss him on the head and go inside to finish cooking dinner. The comfort of resting in these promises feels like an invitation to sheer joy.
This article was written by Stacey Pardoe and originally appeared at her blog. FInd it here.
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