I am lonely and afflicted. (Ps. 25:16)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 25:15-22
My kids love the Ninja Warrior show, so I built them a small course at home. Equipped with tree climbing holds, a suspended rope ladder, and a zip-line, they have been challenging themselves on these obstacles for a few weeks. As they get better, they ask me to make it harder. Instead, I told them to do the whole course blindfolded! This pushed them beyond their confident zone into trepidation. As they walked tenuously across the wobbly ladder, trying not to fall, they were visibly frightened. They were in the dark. They didn’t want to fall and break a leg. But what they didn’t see was that dad was right alongside them every step of the way. Beyond the blindfold, my hands were only inches away from catching them if they fell. Every step they took, I was there.
In our darkest moments, it can be difficult to sense God’s presence. Like the psalmist, we may feel lonely and afflicted, as if we’re entering a danger zone on our own. We must remember that, though we can’t see him, God is very near. He has never left us. Never forsaken us. He is tracking our every movement, with his loving arms extended in our direction. This ability to keep walking forward while still blindfolded is what faith is all about.
Step into the day with faith that God is near you.
Jarod Osborne is lead pastor of Pathway (Wesleyan) Church, in Warsaw, Ind.. He is the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.