“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.” – Isaiah 43:2
Recently there was a boating accident on the St. Lawrence River here in Ontario. Three men were fishing on a boat; two lives were saved, one was taken.
I can only imagine what it would feel like, to feel so helpless and out of control in such a situation. The world can take so much from us at a moments notice, yet still, I know that God is with me no matter where I find myself.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:45)
This world is not a forever thing; therefore, we can expect that there will be times of trouble (John 16:33) times of sadness, and times of rejoicing. There is a time and a season for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
No matter what storms we face, we know we have a God that is steadfast and sure. An anchor in a raging sea; and anchor for the soul. (Hebrews 6:19) He can heal a broken heart and make it new again. (Psalm 34:18)
The song says:
I’ve anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or wave.
I’ve anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save,
I’ve anchored to the Rock of Ages
He is our Rock. (Psalm 78:35) He can cause us to soar to new heights.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
Nothing can separate us from God’s love, not even death.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
He purposes everything, and causes beauty to arise from the ashes that this evil world sometimes leaves us with.
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” – Isaiah 61:3
In a dark place Jesus is a light. (John 8:12) He is like a lighthouse for the lost. And if we allow him to lead us, we will make it to shore.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” – Matthew 14:28
Peter did doubt, and fear came over him; however, God brought Him safely home. This life and it’s troubles are nothing compared to what God holds for us in eternity. (2 Corinthians 4) We simply need to walk in faith and keep going. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
No matter what storm you find yourself in, reach out your hand and Jesus will meet you there. He has already gone to prepare a place for us. He is calling, He is waiting.
Garth brooks sang a song called, The River. The song goes:
“I will sail my vessel
‘Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I’ll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
‘Til the river runs dry”
We are to continue on life’s path no matter what happens, no matter what we leave behind, and no matter what lies ahead.