Well, I had prepared this yesterday morning while sitting at my kitchen table watching the water rise and praying our dike would hold. Now, having been evacuated, and expecting our home to be essentially destroyed, I’m at my office at Bethel, thinking of you and reflecting on God’s outstretched hand. Just so you know and because people keep asking, I am very proud to be here in the Fargo/Moorhead and more convinced each day of God’s call to Bethel.
As I am sitting here, I’m reminded of the Master’s encouragement through the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah 43:1-3 says, “But now says the LORD, he who created you . . . he who formed you . . . fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God . . . your Savior”
What a promise! When you pass through the waters . . . and the rivers . . . I will be with you!
Friends, don’t forget that. This is no doubt a rough season, indeed, even frightening. Some of us may lose material things and perhaps all of us will find a thread of vulnerability now sewn into our once secure life-fabrics, but we must not forget that our God is with us. He will never ever fail us, nor forsake us, no matter how high the water rises.
God bless you, friends. And don’t forget that the One who loves you most is Jesus.