“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9, NIV
Thanksgiving Devotional Day 29
Levi had begged for several weeks to go to summer camp. After talking about it with Levi’s mother, his father finally said he could go. Levi’s dad was delighted that his son wanted to go away to basketball camp. They had a shared passion for the sport.
The night before he was supposed to go away for camp, Levi’s father found him still unpacked and looked sad. He asked the boy what was wrong. Had he changed his mind? Was he sick?
After some prodding, Levi shared that he was afraid to go to camp. He’d be away from everything that was familiar and comfortable.
Levi’s father patiently listened to his son, then pointed him to the story of Joshua. Joshua was a Biblical leader that had been selected to guide an entire nation of people.
“God must have understood his fear,” Levi’s dad explained, “Because the first thing He told Joshua is that He would be with him.”
No matter how young or old you are, it can be hard to leave what’s comfortable. Maybe you’re moving because of a job or taking a short internship in another city. Regardless of why you’re moving, you can rest assured that God is with you, too.
God, when I’m called to move, it feels scary. It’s hard to let go of what’s familiar and safe. But help me to trust in You and keep moving forward. I know You’re right beside me as I walk this path.