God reminds His people Israel that He knows them by name, has made a special covenant with them and He will not let anything overcome them. He does not promise a life free of “floodwaters and fire,” but He does promise His love and protection.
Our physical bodies are not exempt from floods and fires, but our hearts are held in the hands of our Redeemer. He doesn’t promise protection from physical pain, but He does promise that He will be with us (Isaiah 43:2,5). He will love us because we are precious to Him (Isaiah 43:4), and He will bring us back to Himself (Isaiah 43:4-7).
Three years later, I have walked through the fire and have smelled the stench of charred skin: “But I have also tasted the goodness of God’s love!”
On June 19, 1998 an ultrasound revealed God’s gift of twins. As I sit here now listening to the playful voices of Abi and Micah, I rejoice that God has a perfect plan that doesn’t depend on my faithfulness. I am so grateful His passion to pursue my heart and fill its thirst is never ending — even if it means walking with me through fire.
“It may not be the way I would have chosen
When you lead me through a world that’s not my home
But you never said it would be easy
You only said I’ll never go alone.”
Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To” from the CD Without Condition
Christine Davis Knoxville, Tennessee From the Heart of a Lion, © 2000 Bryan College: Bryan College Press, Dayton, Tennessee.