Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:07

Wade In!

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Last month, Easter weekend in fact, our teenaged daughter found a photo from when she was barely two years old.  It shows Annie, as a sweet little toddler, cautiously wading into the surf with her daddy by her side, watching over her.  Daddy looks sure and strong, while Annie seems cautious but determined--stepping into something new with great excitement because she knew she was protected.  She knew her father was right there, every step of the way.


Are you “wading” into something new?  Do you know with great certainty your Father is with you every step of the way?


Whether it’s venturing into the waters of the Gulf for the first time as a child; moving to a new town and entering a new school; starting a new job; moving forward after losing a spouse; getting married; having a baby--you fill in the blank--trust with great certainty your Father will be with you every step of the way!


I ran into a mom recently, back in town after moving her family to Tuscaloosa last summer.  This move required her son to change schools as he was about to enter 10th grade, and this after attending the same school for the previous 10 years.  You can imagine the apprehension and concern for both the parent and the child.  As she updated me on the move, she couldn’t stop listing all the “good” that came from this move for her son.  She said a lot of “knee-time” went into the decision, prayers that gave her the strength and confidence to “wade in” and now they’re telling the story of their Father being with them every step of the way.



Hebrews 10:19-23: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter The Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”



What a perfect photo for Annie to find on Easter weekend.  Jesus’ death opened the door for us to have a direct, intimate relationship with our Savior, allowing us to draw near in prayer anytime we desire.  That time in prayer, with our hearts for Him, allows us to feel his mighty presence and to know the hope He has promised.  Jesus’ death and resurrection means our Father is with us always...“For he who promised is faithful.”



As we wade into the unknown, the story of His presence doesn’t always mean our circumstances will be good.  Sometimes, even when we are certain God opens a new door, walking through can mean tough times, long hours, low pay, exhaustion, concern, even sadness, but your peace and hope and comfort will be “good” -- “for he who promised is faithful.” 



Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”



Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for watching over us and being there every step of the way.  May we draw near to you in all seasons and as we wade into the unknown, may we know with great certainty that your promises are true.  We love you, dear Lord, and pray that our hearts and minds are pure, filled with your love and wisdom.  In the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.


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