Fear Not, I am With You!

Recently I had something old, made new. It was a Word from the Lord spoken 32 years ago. I had given my mom the verse Isaiah 43:1,2. I was sure it had been handwritten just for her. It said… “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; You are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God”.  I remember so vividly placing her name tag at the head of the table, as our family had gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving. It wasn’t too long after that my mom was diagnosed with cancer and died. That was 32 years ago. Occasionally that promise replays in my mind. In fact, it happened just the other day when I was out walking and talking with the Lord. I found myself going back and thinking… “Lord, my mom didn’t make it past the waters…she didn’t walk through the fire and not get burned…she died. It was then I heard Him say, “that scripture was not meant for your mom…It was meant for you

 I was floored by such a personal revelation, realizing not only was it meant for me then… but it was something I needed now. Sometimes we have questions that take decades to be answered…I call them “gentle questions”. They come with no demand. They show up in moments when we wonder… “why something happened that you don’t quite understand. When things don’t turn out the way you thought they would. 

What a faithful God we serve. He tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that “His Word does not return void but will accomplish what He pleases.” That He personally watches over His Word to perform it. Yes, the waters can be overwhelming, and the fire can burn. But there He is! In the middle of it, showing up, revealing His love. Do you know how much He loves you? 

Just the other day, I had such a clear picture come to mind…It was the Father walking up the porch steps and kneeling to be eye level with one of His broken, scared daughters. (you know He has many… both sons and daughters). He was strong, yet gentle. He was confident, and yet comforting at the same time. He was saying, “I GOT THIS”. And then wrapping His arms around me, I knew He was not only saying, “He’s got this but that He’s got me in this”. That He was holding on to me even when I was unable to hold on to Him. That His Words were alive, and His promises are true… that He will never ever leave me.  

Is there a Word from your past that has not made sense, that you’ve been waiting on? Maybe this is the time to see the old become new. To take it out again, brush off the dust and take a closer look.    

I know we all have our own stories, but in each of our stories, there are certain elements in life that remain the same. We all have times we feel alone, we feel afraid. When we’re overwhelmed. Times when we wonder, “will we make it past this”. And that’s when He reminds us “Fear not”. That not only has He “got it” …He’s got you!   


Pastor Dori  

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