“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end — Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Saviour.” (Isaiah 43:1-3 from a modern Translation of the Bible called The Message.)
When life is good and goes as we expect and hope it will then it’s easy for us to see God’s presence with us. Perhaps we even see it as confirmation that God is pleased with us and is blessing us with good fortune.
But what about when life is turned upside down?
What about when life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and blue skies turn to
When we’re suddenly faced with the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, or the loss of our reputation? What then?
It’s tempting when we suddenly find ourselves in the midst of a storm to think that God has abandoned us. However God’s word to us is that His love for us is so great that He is always there with us, even in the most trying of times.
God himself, in the person of Christ, walked this world of ours, he lived the life that we do, knew what it was to feel love, felt the gut wrenching pain of loss and rejection, and the utter humiliation and suffering of death on the cross. But that wasn’t the end.
His resurrection means that His promise to be with us always is fulfilled.
We can be sure that God is there with us in every circumstance in life, whether a day of calm blue skies or through the fiercest storm.
In fact, very often, it’s at times of greatest need that we feel God’s presence with us most keenly, in the love and care of friends and family and in the simple things that make these dark days brighter. But we can only see it if we lift our eyes from our circumstances and look to God and listen for His word of reassurance and love to us.
Rev. Amanda MacQuarrie,
Associate Minister Camelon Parish Church