“I’m Right Here”
Jeff Wansley (Georgia, USA)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
God continually says to me, “I’m right here.”
Children who are frightened
The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
On our trips to the beach, my wife, daughter, and I like to watch the sun set. One evening while our daughter, Victoria, was sitting in the sand, my wife and I sat on a bench several yards behind her. She was unaware that we had moved some distance away from her. We sat in silence as the red glow of the sun disappeared.
As it became dark, my daughter realized that we were not near her. She called out for us with fear in her voice. When we spoke to her from our bench, she replied, “I thought you’d left me!” My wife answered, “We’re right here; we’d never leave you!”
That conversation reminded me of how often in life we end up in the darkness, thinking we are alone and feeling afraid. When we call out for God’s help, it is comforting to know that God will always reply, “I’m right here; I’ll never leave you!”
Eternal God, thank you for your faithfulness to us. Strengthen our resolve never to wander away from you. Amen.