“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” (Isaiah 43:2)
The world is in a state of change right now. What does it take to pass through uncharted territory?
Returning to a new unpredictable world for one is not the same for another. When we suffer loss or a treasured hope, how do we cope with the change? Trusting God is the key to finding our way to combat unexpected circumstances. His faithfulness never changes.
The Coronavirus health crisis complicated matters the morning I left Florida to return to my primary residence in Tennessee. My day started at six a.m. with packing the car. Tears dropped onto the steering wheel as I backed out of the driveway with my dog, Louie. The destination to Tennessee was my first long-distance journey since my husband, Bill, died of cancer the previous month.
I planned to gas up the vehicle with one-stop midway to Chattanooga, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Rain poured from the sky at different intervals. I strained to see the road and pulled over several times. Waiting for the rain to stop, I prayed fervently and promised God, if I made it home, I would kiss the floor in honor of His protection.
Eleven hours later, I parked the car into the garage. Moments after I pushed the kitchen door open, a dreadful sound blasted. In my haste, I forgot about the security system Bill set up. In desperation, I looked around and remembered Bill mounted the siren onto the garage door motor. I searched for a step-ladder and unplugged the alarm. I descended the ladder and dropped to my knees to give thanks.
As I started up the stairs, the alarm blasted again. I stomped back to the garage. That alarm is possessed. Why did Bill have to install an alarm anyway? How I wished he was here to help.
My nerves were on edge as I yanked the duct tape off the siren. I grabbed a towel to muffle the annoying sound and tossed the siren into the dryer. In the silence, Louie and I made our way to the bedroom.
When dawn arrived, my body announced it needed a hot meal and a cup of coffee. Thank goodness, a Krystal was open. I put my mask on and ordered a big senior breakfast to go. I reminded myself to buy groceries. Heading home, I thought about the last meal I prepared in the Chattanooga house six months ago, and how things have changed.
After breakfast, I refuse to allow change to engulf me, so I unpacked the car. It took a dozen trips to climb the stairs to the master bedroom to put my belongings away. With each step, I claimed the promise written in 2 Timothy 4:17; the Lord stands at my side to strengthen me.
Over the next week, the washing machine broke, the air conditioner quit working, and the computer revealed problems. I was up against a wall of new challenges. I could either emotionally break down along with the appliances or tackle the situations with faith-fueled confidence. I knew little about machines and computers, but God’s grace is sufficient. Therefore, I decided to learn something new.
The Lord is loyal to revive, provide, and deliver. His children can stay confident He will help us pass through uncharted territory.
What uncharted territories are you facing?
How do you cope with new challenges or change?