We were approaching the immense interlink of motorways [dubbed locally ‘Spaghetti Junction’] on the outskirts of Birmingham, when we came to a large ‘police accident’ notice, refusing us entry. We sighed ruefully. We were already later than intended, now we would be very late! There had been no reason for our lateness. We were ready, the luggage was loaded, but we’d had an inexplicable, female ‘dither’. “What was that about?” we wondered as, 20 minutes late, we departed. That evening we learned the fatal motorway accident happened 20 minutes before we had arrived! It was a sobering, salutary lesson.
We live through hundreds of regular days when nothing out of the ordinary seems to happen, then there are the days when we grow irritable over setbacks, people distractions, plans in chaos, and so on. Yet all the while, behind the scenes, Yahweh is working out His purpose for our lives, and His personal care package is in operation. There are no days when we are out of mind; no days when He doesn’t know exactly where we are; no moments when He doesn’t know precisely how we feel or what we are thinking.
Sometimes it seems as though life has erupted into chaos or taken a nosedive into disaster. Where is He then? Oh, He’s around! Trusting in Yahweh is not an insurance package against trouble, but an assurance that He will be there when trouble arises. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;” said Yahweh, “and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…” [Isaiah 43:2]. Notice the repetition of ‘when’. When bad things happen, He is there. Speaking of those who love Him and know His Name, Yahweh promises, ” I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honour them” [Psalm 91:15 italics added].
Sometimes we recognise the miracles of His provision, but I am convinced there are multiple instances of loving care of which we are entirely unaware. He knows exactly where you are. He will be with you always!
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