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Weekly Devotional

I Am With You

Reflection by James Strouse

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.


I don’t know whether it’s just where I am as a parent of a ten and thirteen year old, but lately I have been very much aware of feeling overwhelmed through the ebb and flow of daily life. Have you felt this? Like many feelings that cause discomfort, we want them to move on quickly so they can be replaced with more pleasant feelings. It seems like I’m not alone in this. Through conversations, many of my peers are experiencing this feeling too. In fact, when recently discussing this topic with someone, he described the busyness of the past month as “excruciating.” Wow. Balancing professional responsibilities, busy child activities, and trying to keep up with non-stop email and changing demands can certainly cause one to feel overwhelmed. Where do we turn in such times?  

In the book of Isaiah, God says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2) We are reminded of God’s love and constant presence, even during the most trying and uneasy of times. It can be hard to discern what may be contributing most to our overwhelming feelings.  “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” (Psalm 142:3) Perhaps the overwhelming feelings we experience are an opportunity to take a step back and allow God to move into the forefront.

Prayer: Let me be patient with myself, and with you, God, so that my burdens may feel less, and my faith in you strengthened. Amen.

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