I Will Be With You

Life is filled with unpredictable turning points. In the past few months my father has died, my mother-in-law’s health has diminished, and our family has had to move my father-in-law to a memory care facility. For all of us, life is filled with those turning points, those crises or transitions when we hit a wall or face the unknown. We feel downright weary, trapped, or anxious and fearful of the future.

There are times of natural change and transition as we move from one life stage to another. There also are the new ventures in life: the first day of school, going off to college, a new job, having a child, and facing an important decision at work or in our family. As I write this, our family will soon be celebrating the marriage of our daughter Grace to a wonderful man, Michael Perillo. Life happens in stages and each new passage can bring joy and sorrow, but is also clouded with uncertainty.  What do you do when you come to a new transition, to the wall or to the brink … a secure, familiar past behind you, but an uncertain future ahead?

“After the death of Moses the servant of Yahweh, the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, saying, ‘Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving you. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.’” – Joshua 1

In this text, one chapter in Israel’s life has ended and another is beginning. The people of Israel stand at a turning point on the banks of the Jordan River.  The past is safe and familiar to them. The future is unknown and fearful. But for all of us, the good news of the gospel is this: Wherever you are in your life right now, whatever is happening: “Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed … It is God who goes before you. He will not fail you or forsake you. No, the Lord your God will be with you, always showing you the way, wherever you go!” – PASTOR MACLEAN