I had decided that today might be a good "revisit" day. As I was searching through the archives to find the "right" devotional, this one jumped out at me. Yes, I'm feeling alone. It's been a roller coaster since my husband died two months ago. Finding the reassurance in these verses we helpful for me. I pray they might be for you as well.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17 (NIV)
Do you ever stop to realize how blessed we are? Yes. I mean us. You. Me. Those of us with chronic illnesses. Yep. Blessed.
Well, if you are still with me here (I’m guessing half of the people reading this will stop after the first sentence and think – boy – is she off base on this one!), I do mean blessed.
I know it doesn’t feel like it. Trust me. There are times when I feel anything but blessed. Yet there are times … times when I realize what the above verses say. You see, I never liked to be alone. I liked solitude – but did want to know I could reach out to people if I wanted to. Some days, my challenges haven’t allowed that to happen. When I was first confined to bed rest after my stroke, I felt very alone. Alone and scared. I knew I was “ripe” for another stroke with little exertion on my part. (God was good – but that is for another time!)
I think that was the time I really started holding on to Scripture. It seemed no matter where I looked – Old Testament or New, I found reassurances that God was with me – even when I felt scared and alone. It’s interesting that God knew the Israelites would be afraid – and gave then reassurance after reassurance. Much like a mother reassuring her baby with calming sounds and loving caresses. “I’m here. Don’t worry. I’ll take care of You.”
And Christ knew the disciples wouldn’t be able to make it alone either. And He let them know they wouldn’t be alone - that the Holy Spirit would be with them, in them, teaching and guiding.
It can be a horribly scary thing to walk the road of chronic challenges alone.
The good news?
We never have to.
Father God, thank you so much for your calming reassurances, your tender and loving care and the many ways you manifest Yourself to us. May we be aware of Your presence during all the difficult times, the frightening times, the times we so don’t want to be alone. Amen and amen. So be it, Lord!
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