“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today…The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
Just a few years ago, I was terrified to be alone. While student teaching, my breaks were different than the many college students surrounding me, and I began to find myself ALONE more often. I dreaded the weeks I spent without roommates. The LORD has been working in this area of fear to turn what was once a dreaded experience into showers of blessings.
I lived alone for almost a year, during which the LORD drew me closer to Himself than I’ve ever been before. Now He has blessed me with a roommate in my sister (though we haven’t spent much time living together yet). She flew to Ghana, Africa yesterday for a 2 week mission trip, and as I drove up to Greeley this morning from my parents’ house in Arvada, I had a flashback of my fear. However, it felt different this time. Once you have grown in your faith, the struggles of the past often seem insignificant.
I found myself remembering how, on a drive much like today’s, I used to be so emotionally torn up. The days ahead spent ALONE seemed like torture, and I was literally scared to tears. But I have learned something over the years – I can always trust the LORD to provide for my every need. I used to think I needed companionship and friends during those days of living alone; now I can sit for hours on end alone with only the LORD.
But there’s another thing I’ve learned about the LORD – He always blesses abundantly beyond what we ask or imagine. When I left Arvada for Greeley this morning, the days and weeks ahead (living alone without my sister) were filled with endless free time – time which could potentially result in loneliness. But I silently reminded myself that the LORD would take care of me – He always has. And He did, so abundantly – as soon as I arrived in Greeley, I began receiving calls and texts and messages from friends wanting to hang out! Some people may overlook incidents like this. Of course my friends want to hang out – it’s summertime, and they have more free time. But with the LORD, there is no coincidence or “chance,” and He has spoken blessings to my heart through this abundance of friendships.
The LORD is working for you today – you have only to be silent.