"When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze."
I am currently reading When Love & Sorrow Embrace by Beth Forbus. It's about God's grace through the heartache of miscarriage.
Thus far the author has referred to Isaiah 43:2 a couple times. And she points out something very key that I hadn't noticed before.
Notice that the passage says, when you pass through the waters. When you pass through the rivers. When you walk through the fire.
Not if, when.
This passage seems to indicate that we all will, at some point in our lives, walk through fire. Pass through stormy waters. Trudge through deep rivers.
And when we do, God says, "I will be with you."
When you face that divorce - I will be with you.
When you can't make your house payment - I will be with you.
When your diagnosis comes back - I will be with you.
When anxiety, fear or dread overwhelm you - I will be with you.
When failure is looming on the horizon - I will be with you.
When death comes knocking at the door of a loved one - I will be with you.
Three years ago today, death came knocking...and took my little one from my womb.
The waters of grief engulfed me. The rivers of tears flooded my eyes. The fires of anger threatened to overtake me.
Yet God was with me. He knew about the waters, rivers and fires that I would face. In fact, He had already told me in Isaiah...not if, when. And He promised that when the time came, He would be with me.
As I look back on those days, the pain and heartache are still so very real. And the promises of God are so very sweet.