Two weeks ago, the store my daughter worked in closed. Now she gets to look for a new job. I’ve gone with her to job fairs the past two weekends, trying to give my support. It’s a waste of my time, but I think it keeps her from getting discouraged. Who knows, maybe it’s just me being a mom.
However, too often we find excuses not to do things when it’s inconvenient to us, especially if it means going from one side of Jacksonville to the other. The traffic alone is a good deterrent. We have a habit of not showing up when others call us.
Since God made us in His image, sometimes we feel He does the same. Has He left me during my hard times? When I sin, does He leave me to suffer the consequences alone?
According to Matthew 14:29-31, Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. Did you catch that? Jesus didn’t allow Peter to sink as a lesson for taking his eyes off Him. He was there immediately.
And God is with us as soon as we call also.
He’s there to give us peace. He takes away our fears. If God can create the Earth, he can certainly calm any storm in our lives. We just have to call out to Him the same way Peter did.
One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” –Linda Poindexter, writer, Days of Our Lives
We know in our souls that God is with us. It’s just getting our minds to believe. The best way to get that into our thick skulls is by reading His word. The Bible tells us He is with us (Joshua 1:9), He loves us (Romans 5:8), and He will never leave (Deuteronomy 31:6).
God is always there during our good times and bad. We just need to turn to Him. And when we do, He shows up immediately. There are no excuse unlike us humans who will find any excuses not to have to get stuck in traffic.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, let me know. I’ll be happy to pray for the situation.