The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deut. 31:6)

A dear friend in an Asian country experienced the unthinkable: His grandson was kidnapped!

Playing outside the gate of their home with his friends, the eight-year-old boy innocently answered the strangers’ questions when they rode up in their auto-rickshaw. An auto-rickshaw is a three-wheeled, motorized vehicle with handlebars like a bicycle. It is wider in back, for carrying passengers. “What’s your name?” the men in the rickshaw asked the boy.

When the boy told them, they grabbed him and forced him into the rickshaw. They drove to the river, put him in a boat, and one of the men took him downstream to a large city, while the other continued down the road.

Long story short, police rescued the boy within five hours in a miraculous series of events. He had wondered what to do. Should he scream, call for help, try to jump out and run away? The boy remained calm because he knew his parents and grandparents would look for him, and because he knew the Lord was with him.

After all, the Lord promised “never [to] leave you nor forsake you.” He is with you too. You can trust Him.

Remember, wherever you go, He is there.

Ron McClung works at his denomination’s world headquarters and lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife, Carol. They have two sons and nine grandchildren.