” … We could shake our fists / In times like this / When we don’t understand/ Or we could just hold hands” (“I’m with You” lyrics by Nichole Nordeman and Bernie Herms).
Tough times come in everyone’s life. And some people face their storms alone. Do you?
Promise of God’s presence. The psalmist expresses his faith that God will walk wil be with him, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside” (Psalm 23:4 NLT).
Commitment. Not only does God promise to always be with us, sometimes He brings someone along to walk through the storm with us.
Old Testament example. The story of Naomi and Ruth in the Bible shows us a picture of two women who walked through some tough times together. Naomi’s husband and her only two sons had died. Ruth was one of her daughters-in-law. And Naomi encouraged both of her daughters-in-law to go back to their homelands.
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (Ruth 1:16).
Personal example. I’ve been blessed to have a few people in my life that have stuck with me during some of my darkest days. And even when that season of life ends, and we go our separate ways, these people remain close to my heart. I pray that I never forget what a gift they’ve been and continue to be in my life.
Gratitude. Today, I as I listened closely to this song by Nichole Nordeman and Amy Grant, I’m reminded once again of some of my faithful friends, who have been with me during some of the hardest times of my life.
“This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends” (John 15:13 MSG).
Blessings. So, I want to dedicate this post to those faithful friends and family members. Even though they’ve seen me at my worst, they still choose to love me, forgive me, and support me. Blessings to you! [You know who you are!]
YouTube/martinone9 “I’m with You” sung by Nichole Nordeman and Amy Grant)
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