Verse of the Day

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'"

~Isaiah 41:13

Today's Devotional Thought

January 30, 2015 by Wendy Foreman


He Is Holding My Right Hand

It will soon be 2 years since the Lord made today's verse very real in my life. I found myself on a Thursday morning in May of 2013 at our ladies Bible Study in deep angst. Soon my world was going to turn upside down with some major changes. I felt in my heart that I just wasn't ready for them but yet I knew I had no choice but to face them all head on. So here is that story, written by me, about 2 years ago...

High School graduation of my baby girl, mission's trip to Costa Rica, drama in ministry, preparing my baby girl for college and then dropping her off at college. This is what my summer entails and in May all this was swirling around me and I could barely breathe. I cried out to the Lord and asked him how I was to handle all of this. It seemed like my body physically couldn't handle all the pending changes and the emotions that went along with them. Like only He can He whispered ever so gently to trust Him and allow him to lead me and that he would be my constant strength. Then he led me to Isaiah 41:13 and I wept.

I don't know about you but I am someone who needs reminded often where my strength comes from. I sometimes get carried away thinking that I can handle all kinds of things on my know those times when you think you don't really want to bother God with this because it seems so small so you tell Him "I got this." It seems like as soon as those words come out of my mouth it doesn't take very long for me to take them back and realize that I need his help desperately. I need His help even in areas that seem small and insignificant.

This verse in Isaiah has become my verse for this season of my life. As you are reading this we are on our way to our daughter's school for her to register for her classes and to take care of some other details. I will soon be saying good bye to my sweet girl and she will begin a new journey, one that I will not be a part of everyday...whew I am tearing up even typing this. I am resting in these words from the Lord because I know that he will continue to help me through saying good bye to my daughter as we drive away from her next month, he will help me as I face the ups and downs of ministry, he will hold my right hand as I step out and do new things that I know he is leading me to do. He is holding my right hand and whispering to me to not be afraid that He is my help.

Wow...God has done exactly these words that I typed 19 months ago. It sure is crazy how God can take a situation that you are dreading and turn it into something so beautiful. My baby girl is doing awesome and has matured so much and this mama has done some pretty crazy ministry things in the last 19 months. When she left I wondered how God would fill that void. Being her mom was all I knew. Yes, I have a middle school aged son at home, but it is different. She was (is) my girl. We talk often and I smile because she is developing into a beautiful young woman and I am so proud. God has been so faithful to her and our family through this transition.

I pray as you read this scripture today and meditate on it that it will bring you peace and that you will be able to rest and know that you don't need to be afraid; I pray that you know that God has you by your right hand and He will help you through any and everything that you are facing today and in the days ahead.

Memorize this verse today:

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'"
~Isaiah 41:13

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