And I Am with You Always

I call the above picture a “God” cloud, because the sun’s rays remind me of God’s light, presence, and love as He looks out for us.

Sometimes in the darkness of our lives we forget that God is with us – ALWAYS.

Whether it’s illness like COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart trouble, etc; or a major personal problem or tragedy weighing us down. Regardless of where we are, God is there, too. God is ready and willing to hold our hand or carry us through our circumstances.

I’m convinced God walks with us into Glory so we don’t have to be afraid. Depending on the version of the Bible you read, Psalm 23:4 says just that! “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…Thou art with me.” (KJV). “Even though I walk through the darkest valley…You are with me.” (NIV).

I’m convinced God has our backs no matter the ultimate outcome. I love what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego said  to King Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel, as he was about to throw them into the fiery furnace: (Chapter 4:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” NIV)

Even if God says “no” to a prayer request, or if we find ourselves in a situation that is not good at all, even then God is with us. We are not alone.

As we sit on the brink of tomorrow not knowing what it will hold – God is with us.

The title of today’s blog is from Matthew 28:20 – “…and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

Many people, myself included, have recently in light of COVID-19 said, “we don’t now what the future will look like.”

Well, I ask: “When have we EVER known what the future looked like?” NEVER. Never have any of us known our future. Not really.

We’ve assumed, based on plans and preparations what it would be. That it would be the same as it always was, but NO, that wasn’t altogether true!

No one on the planet knows the future. No one on the planet knows what’s around our life’s corner.

No one, that is, but God. God KNOWS our future, and God is ALWAYS with us, regardless of what’s around the corner of our lives. To me, that makes what’s around the corner dim, it doesn’t matter, because God has my back.

Even when we think we know what the future will hold, it doesn’t always work out. Things happen every day, every hour, every minute, every second that change the trajectory of our lives.

I’ll admit COVID-19 and other major events change the future more significantly than the smaller mishaps in life, which is why they are called major. Whether our future holds major or minor changes, there are two constants: 1) change is inevitable; 2) God is with us.

See you next time…



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