Love That Word!
Readings: Isaiah 41:9-13, Acts 4:11-12, Matthew 14:22-34
I love the Word of the Lord in the Isaiah 41 reading above. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…for I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Who wouldn’t want to hear the Lord say that? One of my best friends just had to call hospice for the end of her mother’s journey on earth. She needs to hear those words, feel those promises, know that God will help them both. My neighbor just had a beautiful baby girl. She needs to hear those words. We need the Lord during the extremes of life: loving and caring for our family through the end of the journey and nurturing new life at the start of the journey. We need Him for every time in between, too. Sometimes I picture Jesus holding my right hand. His dark eyes search mine and see weakness or fear or sin mixed with love, and He replaces the weakness with His strength, casts out the fear, and replaces the sin with His righteousness. After that holy exchange, my love for Him isn’t mixed up anymore. It’s pure. It’s a part of His perfect love. I’m abiding, connected to my Savior, holding on tight. He smiles and squeezes my hand. I know the Truth. My God is with me. Praying you all know the Truth, too. We need to know it because sometimes we won’t feel it. The Truth is the Truth, no matter what you feel. God says, “I am with you.” I love that Word!
Blessings to you, Tracy