We have all had “I told you so” moments in our lives. I’m sure one, in particular, sped through your mind as you read today’s reading. I know one did for me. However, Paul’s message was not to condemn but to comfort. Again, Paul’s integrity and leadership shine through the darkness of the moment.
When we are going through the storms of life, it is sometimes hard to focus on anything good. When we are lost in the moment of despair, there is nothing anyone can say that is going to lift us up. I wonder how it was for Paul’s shipmates. They had been frantically doing things to keep themselves safe–as if they had control.
It’s good to be smart about how we live, but I loved Paul’s words, “[S]o take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.” Granted, what he said in this instance is that Paul and his shipmates would be safe, despite being shipwrecked on an island. The promise was true. God has made many promises to us. Hebrews 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6 are just a few where he promises to never leave us!
Even though we know in our head and heart we are not alone, we sometimes forget when times get hard. How do you keep that truth alive when hard times come? I’ve been watching my dad get ready for assisted living this week. He has struggled with trusting the system and relying on the help of others. It’s hard for him. I’ve reminded him of these very verses and how he needs to trust God above all.
Transitions in life are hard. Change is never easy. Some people are just equipped with better coping through those events than others. What I hope for you, and for my dad, is that we can all lean on God’s promises just a little more than we do.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go. This isn’t the first time this message has come through my devotional reflections. It must be a message I need to hear over and over again. Maybe you do, too. I certainly am one to want to take charge and have control. Yet, I don’t see myself as much of a leader. That’s an interesting combination, isn’t it?
How is it for you? Are you struggling? Are you hanging on to something that would better if you let it go? Take some time today to just breathe in and out. Deep breaths. Cleansing breaths. Empty yourself of you and breathe in the refreshing, redeeming peace that only God can provide.
Let’s pray. Heavenly Father I thank you for my life and the opportunity to serve you. I trust you explicitly for all your provision. You are doing amazing things in my life and in the lives of those around me. I am continually and eternally grateful. Watching your hand at work brings a smile to my face. You’ve got my back, and I thank you. May I continue to serve you with grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.