For Thou Art With Me Always

I consider being afraid not as a sign of weakness, but an indicator that you’re  still human and have not turned into some robot. In case you were wondering by the way, I do have my fair share of fears. Talking about them, though, is a bit of a sensitive topic, so I’m warning you right now that you won’t get much from me on this matter. However, for the sake of this post, I guess I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. The truth is that… I’m afraid of banana peels. Believe me when I say this, okay, but you won’t be seeing me eat a banana with the skin still attached. I just don’t like them, how they feel on my hand. Disgusting.

Anyway, why am I talking about fear? Well I came across the verse Psalm 23:1, which I’m sure anyone who has been watching movies would have at least heard it by now. The famous “The Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want.” quote is a classic go-to line because it relays a powerful message about overcoming fear. When I came across this verse myself for the very first time, I actually felt relieved, like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. But, then again, doesn’t God always do that for us?

The verse actually brings back memories of a poem I read once. If you haven’t read “Footprints in the Sand”, you’re in luck. Below is the best description of God’s love for us that I’ve read so far. I’ll end the entry here, since the poem itself summarizes my take on why you shouldn’t be afraid.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

Your boy,

Seth Martin




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