I spun around in a circle, looking from face to face. Panic rose in my chest. I was looking for help. For assurance from a fellow believer. But it wasn’t there for me that night the way I wanted it to be. I was weary and discouraged. It’s one thing to serve God when you have someone to do it with you. But what happens when God calls your friends and family elsewhere?

Jesus is in the same boat. He sees you and me straining at the oars. He is not limited by lakes or borders or impossible circumstances. He is not trapped by broken marriages or injuries or illnesses or lost jobs or grief or rebellious kids. Instead, he enters in.

“This is Jesus. Not that he apologizes for the hard and the hurt, but that he enters in, he comes with us to the hard places.” — Katie Davis Majors

When people are not there to support us, God still is. No one came to my rescue that night. But Jesus met me there in the chaos. When I looked around for like-minded people, the Lover of my soul comforted, strengthened, and encouraged me instead. He picked up my burdens and held my hand as I felt helpless and lonely. 

I know it’s hard to be left alone. But you aren’t alone, you know. Jesus isn’t yelling from shore. He is getting in the boat with you. Keep standing strong in the daily struggles! Fight. His Spirit empowers you to fight. You do not battle in vain. 

Lord, thank you for walking with me and not leaving me to face things alone. Please provide me the supernatural strength and grace to do everything I need to do today and the peace to rest. In your name, amen.

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