I’m supposed to be something of a type of glue in this family.
Hold everybody together. Keep everyone in clean clothes that somewhat match. Keep the fridge full and the laundry baskets empty. More importantly, keep the hearts full of encouraging words. Words that speak love and truth and grace.
I can be a bit weary. Can’t you? It can get to be a lot. Especially the last couple of days when we’re all just a bit overtired from vacation travels, only to come home to one of us contracting a 2nd stomach bug in ten days. I hate it when my littles are sick. But vomit? That’s just a low blow. I hate to watch my usually bouncy, sing-song slightly bohemian dancer girl lay on the couch for two days straight.
And it’s in those beyond tired moments that I know it to be true. Those words of TRUTH from THE LIVING WORD.
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deut. 31:6
I was barely six when my mom sat on the side of my bed and told my anxious, over-thinking heart those words. I remember her voice like it was this past Tuesday.
“Honey– Jesus says, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ And He will not. (Deut. 31:6)
And He did not. Not one time.
Not once did He leave my side. Not then at the age of six when I tried to over-analyze what should have been simple childlike faith.
Not that time in college when I was truly heartbroken and alone for the very first time.
Not that night in an Operating Room when the Doctor raced to extract our baby girl.
Not for one sleepless night. Not on one rainy afternoon. Not once when we prayed for direction and did not see a clear path. Not even when the path suddenly became even more clouded and rocky.
Not once has He left us.
He is the GLUE that holds us all together. Without Him we would be lost. Floundering. Wandering aimlessly without the slightest hope.
And when we feel in need of being patched up and held together, He holds us in His capable, ever faithful hands.
And HE will not let us go.