“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
It was as though waves were crashing over my windshield — torrential rainfall, heavier than any I had ever driven through. Should we stop? I wondered. Would it be safer to pull over? To exit the highway? Finally, I decided that my best option was to keep going for as long as I could see the road’s lanes.
After it was all over, I began to reflect on another time in my life — several years ago. I was reminded of that time which I often refer to as my tsunami years. Waves of challenges had crashed over me – the death of a parent, a divorce, the loss of a job. I’d felt I couldn’t catch my breath, but I was a single mother.
Pulling over or stopping weren’t options at that time. Luckily, I could still manage to make out the lanes on the road – the outlines of God’s presence, the reassuring words of Scripture, the “muscle memory” of baptismal grace. These things kept me moving forward during the storm, sustaining me until the clouds parted.
Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for being ever-present in our lives — especially when we are under a deluge of difficulty. Help us to keep our focus on you, and on your grace and mercy. Let us rest in the assurance that you are walking with us each step of the way; in Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
Deaconess Debbie Rank Speer, Lisle, IL