You Are Not Alone
January 13, 2016
On the first day of the new school year in September 2015, we went to see our oldest granddaughter off to start grade 1, riding in the yellow school bus, that we had sang about in rhymes. Then, we drove to the school to see her come off the school bus. She came down from the bus with a friend smiling.
It was a blessed, favored, and glorious day. Later that morning, I sat on the front steps of my home, taking in the sights and sounds of all the children walking with friends, a family member, or by themselves to the nearby school.
I noticed I could not take my eyes off a particular pair walking very slowly right passed me. There was an old man holding a backpack on one hand and with the other holding a little girls hand. She is about the same height as my oldest granddaughter. She has a beautiful colored headband, keeping her hair off her face. They were talking about something because I could see the girl look up to grandpa with her lips moving as they walk along.
I proceeded to do what I always do when I’m not sure of something. Lord, why are my eyes fixed on this family? He said “you are right they are a family notice how he is carrying her backpack and in step with her having a conversation? So, am I with my children. Whenever they are going through a new life experience, I am there carrying any burden they may have”
Now, it’s December 2015. I’m sitting this time in my dining room at the table having breakfast, while watching the children go by to school through the bay window. Guess who comes walking by, grandpa and his granddaughter. This time, with his hands behind him, he is walking a step behind his granddaughter who this time, is carrying her backpack. And I thought, Lord, there they are, and He said “yes just as he is walking a step behind her, so am I with my children. A sign of allowing them to develop trust and confident in their walk with Me knowing if they need Me, I am there.”
I am reminded of Jesus’s last words as he ascended into heaven in, Matthew 28:20…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (NIV)
During the holiday seasons, sometimes one can experience the feeling of loneliness into the New Year with a sense of no one cares about you or what you are going through. Whatever the case may be, remember you are not alone. It may not feel like it but if you have faith and believe, it is in these moments and times that you experience His grace, faithfulness and mercy because He is right there.
Live life Victoriously