Two years ago, our family felt called to make a move from family and friends in Minnesota to Colorado. With some fear and trepidation we took what felt like a giant step of faith and relocated. The unknown was full of many hurdles. The kids were navigating new bigger schools with hundreds of strangers where there once were familiar faces. Attending the church all three children chose to be baptized in was no longer an option. Even little traditions like trick-or-treating with friends and neighbors became a thing of the past.
It wasn’t easy. But we weren’t alone.
Every step of the way, God was with us. We had prayed that God would go before us and prepare a home, friends, and a church for us. It is fun to look back and see God’s hand guiding us and providing for each of these requests. Many moments I felt God smiling as He saw us faithfully walking out His calling. He would smile as we connected with new friends, found a church, and created new traditions.
The other day, I was studying about how God answers prayers. The study asked me to look at Jesus’ prayer in the garden. Luke 22:42 records His prayer: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but your will be done.” As he begged God to remove this cup, He also submitted to God’s will. God didn’t give Jesus the easy road as we all know. But for some reason, I had missed verse 43: An angel of the Lord appeared to him and strengthened him. Jesus wasn’t alone. Even in the hardest time. Especially in the hardest time.
The truth is God is in us, God is with us, and God is for us. This truth has been a sustaining meditation through hard moves, devastating loss and challenging choices. I cling to it now as we make another leap of faith. God does not promise His call will be easy, but I know I’m not alone. This truth keeps the fear at bay, fills me with hope and gives me courage.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
for the Lord your God goes with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Where have you seen God walking with you through hard times? If you’re in the midst of a challenging season, how can you look for His presence even now?
By Heather Larson, M.A.
Wife to Peter, Mom of three
1 Corinthians 13 Team Member
Associate Director of 10 Great Dates
Coauthor of 10 Great Dates, Great Dates Connection,
and $10 Great Dates