But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, 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.
This photo is from our recent family trip to Puerto Rico. It was an incredible time of reconnecting with family, marveling at the beauty of God’s creation, and enjoying some time of rest and relaxation. As we traveled the island, there were still places that showed the scars from recent hurricanes. This photo captures a creek in the national forest called El Yunque. It is actually a rainforest in the mountains of Puerto Rico and truly a beautiful spot. Several of the hiking trails are still being repaired from storm damage. Most of the island is back up and running just fine, but places like this and even locations that I spot here in Florida point to the destructive power of nature and the time it takes to rebuild.
This passage from Isaiah came to mind as I reflect on these scenes. It is part of a larger passage that points to the mighty power and steadfast love of God. No matter what we may go through (destructive storms, challenging relationships, financial difficulties, health challenges, difficulty discerning new direction and purpose) God will never leave us. May we remember and be grateful and celebrate God’s steadfast love and presence today.
Almighty God, we thank You for Your persistent presence. Thank You for promising to always be with us in the challenges of life. May we model Your steadfastness in how we love and care for those around us. Amen.