10 Feb

Deep Water Difficulties

Deep water difficulties.

I walked away from a serious car accident yesterday. Other than an air bag burn on my hand, I am physically sound. Other than reliving the crash in my sleep, time and again, last night, I’m moving forward and not looking back in the rearview mirror.

It has been tough for us the last few days and years. We don’t understand why it has been so difficult but we do know he is with us.

It is a counter intuitive perspective. He is with us, as things only seem to get worse outwardly. Inwardly, we are strengthened and renewed.

We some how expected things to be easier by now but it seems things are still harder than they need to be.

Yet, we feel stronger than we were before. The weights on the rack are heavier but the muscles we build, through endurance, can now handle the load, given the presence of his strong right hand!

He never promised life wouldn’t be hard. He did promise to be with us and help us through it. The hardest of all is the thought of doing it without him. He is with us, loves us and considers us precious.

And for now, we carry on!

The passage below is a great reminder for me just 24 hours after the crash as we navigate the difficulties of deep waters.

“… listen to the LORD who created you … the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One … your Savior. I gave … a ransom for your freedom… you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”

Isaiah 43:1-5 NLT