When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you. Isaiah 43:2
As I was learning to trust God during my most difficult, low times, I often struggled with feeling overwhelmed with what seemed like an unending string of problems and bad things happening to me. Would it ever end? How many more trials must I endure? Depression tried to conquer me at every turn. But as I learned to focus on Jesus and what He suffered for me, I began to take my eyes off my circumstances as difficult as they were and started to see what my future with my Father held. I quit seeing myself as the victim in life and visualized the confident woman God intended me to be. When my thoughts turned to how only the end to the problem of the day could make me happy, I said, “No!” out loud and added, “Only Jesus makes me happy.” When I cried because no one loved me, the Holy Spirit comforted me and assured me my heavenly Father loved me more than I could imagine. Slowly, my thoughts changed, and I saw myself differently – better.
Then one day while reading my Bible, I “stumbled” across today’s verse, and it finally made sense to me. I had passed through the waters and flooding rivers, and I survived! I no longer felt overwhelmed every time I faced a new “crisis.” What used to be a crisis had become a mere “bump in the road” that I barely noticed. What once would throw me into panic mode turned me to Jesus and prayer. I learned to walk through the fire without being burned. My change in focus from my circumstances to my Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit made all the difference. What if God is with you in your trials – right now? What if He wants you to focus on Him and not your circumstances? What if He will be with you when you are flooded with problems and fear? He is, you know.