Isaiah 43:2 (NRSV) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Last night I was cutting up a few slices of ham to include with scalloped potatoes for dinner. I cut too much and, well, because my dog’s were underfoot, I took a piece and dropped it on the floor. My dachshund scooped up the piece I had dropped for her and began to eat. My black lab (puppy) was just staring at her eating the piece of ham. If she would have only looked up at me, she would have noticed that I had a bigger bite size piece for her. But she never looked up….she just focused on the other dog’s treat.
In that moment I heard God’s still, small voice say “If you would only look at me instead of your circumstances you wouldn’t drive yourself so crazy.”
Ok, so there I was standing in my kitchen seeing first hand an example that I have been living out the last few weeks. Circumstances in my life have been overwhelming lately. Have I looked to Christ at all to get me through the storm of circumstances? NOPE…not at all. I’ve been focused on the circumstance…allowing what I can’t even begin to control to get me distracted and spun up so much I can barely breathe. Believe me this is one character flaw I am trying to fix…but…change is hard.
From the moment I saw how I had been relying on myself to “help me get through” my circumstances, I cried out to God. “Father forgive me! Help me to keep my focus squarely on you. Help me to look to you for answers and not reply on what I can only see with my eyes. I know you are beside me every step of the way – forgive me for failing to see that.”
I must remember, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in this world that can separate me from the love of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28)