Every winter, my husband and I go to the mall to get our walking in for the day. Walking is the only activity Gene’s body can tolerate since he has had 4 back surgeries. The mall graciously opens the doors to walkers 2 hours before the stores open so it’s like window shopping in your mind while sweating.
The other day my husband and I went to get our cardio in and as we walked through the doors of the food court, I gently reminded him this was not a race. But, by lap 2 he and a bunch of 80 year olds had left me behind.
Bless his heart though, he stopped and waited for me. When I caught up to him, I took hold of his hand and I jokingly said, “Maybe if I hold on to you, I’ll keep up with you.”
Oh boy. He wouldn’t let me go. And in order for him not to drag me, I had to really pick up my pace. I’m sure people thought we were nuts, speed walking around the mall hand in hand, but Gene didn’t care. No matter how much I whined, he wouldn’t release me.
As we sped past Bath and Body Works barely able to smell their new scents, I got to thinking this is how we must be with Jesus.
No matter how hard it got for me since I was walking at a pace I wasn’t used to, Gene never let go of me. Together, we walked up and down the stairs even though my calves were burning. And in his hand and even his arm I felt his strength. I heard his words of encouragement telling me I can do this and how worth it the results will be.
In Isaiah we are told that we will go through tough times.
According to dictionary.com the definition of through is: in at one end, side, or surface and out at the other.
We are not told we’ll stay in our hardships or be left behind, but that we will go through stuff that makes us uncomfortable. In the same sentence, we’re also promised that no matter how hard it gets, the Lord will be with us.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
A friend of mine, Erick Strickland, recently tore his Achilles and went through surgery. It has been awesome to watch him on FB glorify God before surgery, post-0p and during his recovery. As a man of God, he realizes this is where God has him right now, but he also knows he is going THROUGH it, that his Savior will not leave him in a cast forever. He knows the pain he endures now is just a season in his life and that soon he will be able to walk again. He’s going through it and going through it well because Erick has chosen to go through this with Jesus.
Whatever you face today, know that tomorrow Jesus may change it up, but if He doesn’t, then go through it well and no matter what…never let go of His hand because He will never let go of yours.
You go through it WITH HIM…your hand in His scarred hand and see what He has in store for you!
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