I’ve been thinking a lot about our friends and their kids today. The illness in their family is the cause of so much uncertainty, so much stress, but SO much reliance on God.
Of course all of this has led to thinking about the crazy year we’ve had, and all the people out there dealing with suffering and pain. Kids whose lives are being cut short by cancer, families who are having to learn how to function without a beloved family member, entire parts of the world that are being rocked by war, and the millions of Christians who endure persecution for their faith. There is so much in this world that is discouraging and can get us really thrown off in our walks. But as I was thinking about it, God put Isaiah 43 in my head. It’s been one of my favorite verses for a long time, but something new REALLY jumped out at me today.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2 NKJV
There is great hope in this verse; pass through the waters and he’ll be with us, pass through the river and they will not overtake us, walk through the fire and we will not be burned!
But you know what’s missing?
Nowhere does it say that God will pluck us from the water, pull us out of the river, or extinguish the fire!
God is saying that He will be with us, He will protect us, but He is not always going to remove us from these tough situations. Life is going to happen, great things, bad things, joy, happiness, pain and sorrow will impact all of us throughout our lives. We may not always understand (mostly we won’t), but regardless, God is not going to remove us from these situations, instead he is going to grow us through the situations.
Think about that as we continue to walk in God as a family. Unfortunate events are going to happen, but the real test is to see how we handle those situations. Are we going to allow God to mold us, or will we try to run out of the flame.
I love you guys! I miss you while I’m working (especially when I watch the video’s Mom takes of the little guy doing goofy stuff…sorry J, you’ll have to wait to see it when you get home)