Thursday, March 19
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39
For those of you who don't know, these past three years have been quite a roller coaster: a divorce, custody battle, selling our old home, moving to a new home, a new school for the kids, and starting a new job for me, all while raising my three beautiful children as a single parent. Not one to complain, I have weathered this storm but not without moments when I doubted God's plan, questioned my faith, or felt like throwing in the towel.
The verse I selected has been my rock for these trials. I read it almost nightly and some nights more than once, until the words truly sink in. God never promised it would be easy. I am sure he didn't say "Paul, go preach my word and your path will be smooth." Nor did Job have an easy go of it to say the least. Peter, the Rock, doesn't speak of Christ's way as being simple. But what I know to be true is this: Nothing, no earthly challenge, will separate me from His love. He never let me get to the end of my rope, close at times, but I always felt His presence gently pulling me back up and His constant guidance on what to do next and how to weather the next storm.
During these times, my faithful earthly father would say, "Hang on; there is a light at the end of the tunnel." To which I would reply, "But, Daddy, what if it is a freight train?" He would say, "have faith, honey, it isn't." Now on the other side of the tunnel, I realize that light was God's steadfast love, amazing grace, and Holy Spirit.
God didn't promise easy, but He did promise He would never leave us. The journey has taught me to find comfort in those words.
Dear Lord, Thank you for your steadfast love which endures forever. Amen