Thursday, October 12, 2017

Overwhelmed by Deep Waters? Take Courage



photo credit: Joni and Friends

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
Isaiah 43:2 NLT

As Bethany approaches adulthood, there’s a crescendo of questions concerning her future. Uncertainty feeds my fears. From finding a job that suits her, the conundrums of how much support she’ll need, to her dreams of marriage; the future looks overwhelming to me and oh, so exciting to her.

Having a child with needs that never go away, can feel like I’m walking through deep waters. Most of the time I cope, but there are seasons of overwhelming tiredness from the many challenges of special needs.

And yet, God’s promise is that when I go through rivers of difficulties, I will not drown.

To be honest, I wish the verse above said, “I will guide you around deep waters and make sure you don’t have to cross rivers of difficulty.”

But the promise is not to lift us out of difficulties but take us through. I don’t walk the path alone. He doesn’t watch me drag through. He walks with me and guides, supports, holds me through it.
Today, I was reading in John. Jesus said, “In this world we will have trouble and distress, suffering and trials…But the second part of that truth is: Take courage, I have overcome the world."
Take courage? I want to pull the covers over my head and sleep. I want to go back in time when Bethany was little and her needs were easily defined and practically met. 

Take courage. 

That requires action and I'm tired. He promises to be with me, taking me through the difficulties. But my part is to walk on with courage.

The Amplified Bible says it this way: "but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]’"

I don’t think God is expecting me to muster up the courage, confidence or joy on my own. I know I don’t have it in me. He says, "TAKE courage." Jesus is offering me the way to courage, confidence and joy. When He is with me and I am with Him, His victory is my victory, His courage my courage, His joy my joy. He has done it — I need to take it.


So when I feel like I’m drowning in life’s problems, I’m trying to visualize Him walking with me instead of the raging waters. I’m reminding myself that He is with me — will take me through — to the other side. I reach for His courage and joy and set my eyes on the promise of His victory over life’s difficulties.

Precious Father, Thank you for being with us through every situation in life. Help us walk with you and take up your courage so we can overcome. Thank you for keeping the waters from overwhelming us and sweeping us away. You are our Savior and Friend — our ever present Help in times of trouble. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Cindy Barclay

1 comment:

  1. "Having a child with needs that never go away..." Such an accurate statement. And this one- "Uncertainty feeds my fears. From finding a job that suits her, the conundrums of how much support she’ll need, to her dreams of marriage; the future looks overwhelming to me and oh, so exciting to her." The last four words of that sentence embolden me with hope. Bethany has many questions about her future and is not understanding the need for patience and proper timing for her future, but at the same time. the future does not make her afraid or insecure. That helps me. As Bethany is excited about her future, so am I!

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