The disciples of Jesus were faced with a mighty storm that threatened to take their lives. Surprisingly, Jesus was in the boat fast asleep. The disciples were fascinated that Jesus would sleep at such a time. In their desperation, they woke him up and asked if he cared not that they perish.
In the pursuit of purpose, we may get to that point when it appears that the presence of our Lord is what we need the most, yet He seems to be nowhere to be found. It may appear as if we are lost or trapped on a way that leads to nowhere. Are you in such situation right now? Do you feel as though you are walking in the valley of the shadow of death? Are you in the dark times of your pursuit of purpose?
The popular poem credited to Mary Stevenson, Footprints in the Sand, speaks to this. It tells of the story of a woman who looks back on the path life has taken and sees two sets of footprints, one belonging to her, the other to the Lord. Then she notices that, whenever she was going through an especially difficult time, only one set of footprints appeared. Troubled, she asks the Lord why He would abandon His faithful servant in times of need.
“My precious daughter,” the Lord answers, “I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
God speaks to us in our darkest hours. Yet whose voice we hear always depends on whose presence we are assured of.
This week, I just want to assure you that no matter what you may be going through, God is with you. As you do God’s purpose for your life, trust Him. He will carry you through!