July

Isaiah 43:2

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Hi everyone!! Happy July! So this past week I got to experience this amazing thing called Leadership Lab at Augustana College. It was a week filled with praising our Heavenly Father with people who started out as strangers but quickly became my brothers and sisters.

The theme of the week was “Mountains, Rivers and Valleys”. How God is a MOUNTAIN of strength, a RIVER of mercy, and goes with us through the VALLEYS. We did a lot of devotions and this verse in particular really resonated with me.

The river is a metaphor for a transitional period of time in our lives, and boy am I in one right now. Being a senior in high school I’m having to make choices about my future, what I will be, how I will serve God, where I will do it. And this can be sooo overwhelming. To depart from your comfort zone, your life that is known and easy, and to go into a place where you have to take risks and truly trust God can be terrifying.

That is what this verse is talking about in my eyes, that the rivers can be terrifying, but they don’t have to be. God leads us into new things and parts of our life because he knows that they will change us.

Trusting God is the hardest thing to do as a Christian. To truly understand that He has a plan for you, and that no matter where you are in life you were meant to be there, can be overwhelming. That is why we have to remember that God won’t let it consume us.

No matter where you are in your life right now, whether you are on the highest mountain top, the lowest valley point, or you are like me and paddling down the river, remember that God is right beside you.

Thank you so much for reading! I pray that this month you remember that God is by your side, walking with you through every victory and failure.

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