The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1, NIV
Ben was sorting through his bills, trying to fight the mounting frustration. No matter what he did, it seemed there were always more bills than money. The premature birth of his daughter had drained the family finances and now every month was a struggle. Still, Ben was thankful for the little girl.
When Ben heard his son call out, he went into his room. The little boy had a nightmare and wanted comfort. Ben got him a glass of water and soothingly rubbed his back.
As Ben cut off the light, his son cried out again. Ben explained, “Hey, buddy, I’m still here in the darkness. I haven’t left you alone.”
The words made Ben pause. He’d spent so much time fearing the future that he hadn’t realized God was with him. Even in the middle of the uncertainty of his daughter’s health and the medical bills, God hadn’t left him alone.
Ben smiled as he sang his son back to sleep, imagining that God was singing over him, too.
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)
Lord, thank You for never abandoning me! Even when there’s darkness all around me, You’re still here. Let me carry an awareness of Your presence with me everywhere I go. In Jesus’ name, Amen.