Scripture:

Isaiah 43:2-3 (NIV) “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you...For I am the Lord your God.”


Observation:

Up until December 2015 was a really uneventful year for my family. I mean, there were no new births, no weddings, or no graduations to attend. But that's not too unusual because there were only 5 immediate family members - my parents and my two siblings. My siblings and I now had our own families. Life was content, until it wasn’t.


Just about 2 weeks before Christmas that year, my mom called me and told me that my oldest brother wasn't doing well. It was surprising news, because this was the brother who retired with 20 years in the Army, in the chemical warfare unit with two tours in IRAQ. He seemed invincible; jumped out of planes and really seemed to be an unstoppable soldier. Nevertheless, he was lying in a military hospital bed in Gainesville, in a coma. I clung tightly to God’s Word. We had friends and family members everywhere praying for him, and God kept impressing on my heart that "I will be with you".


While I was there at the hospital, I got a call from my son's friend that my son was being rushed to Tampa General due to shallow breathing. Still sitting at my brother's bed side, I left my mom and friends praying for my brother's recovery and went to be with my son. He had a pulmonary embolism, but God was with my son and me too!

When my brother died 3 days before Christmas, I went to his funeral and came back to the hospital to be with my son. We spent the holidays in the hospital and knelt down on New Year's night thanking God for bringing us through.

Application:

It is the power of God who upholds us. There's no way you can do life in your own strength. God will carry you through. Just as all natural storms in life are not the same, neither are the emotional storms we face; some leave minor damage and some demolish everything in its path. God is still there no matter how great the storm. He will carry you through them.


There are some storms that leave us changed. The storm of my brother’s illness resulted in the grief of his passing. God was with me then, and I believe he’s with me now. He’s with you too - whatever you are facing physically or emotionally.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help me to know that no matter what storms in life come in my path, that you will carry me through them. Renew my understanding of your compassion and faithfulness. Thank you for your consistency in my life. Amen.

Song:

Built For This by Chandler Moore



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