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Predicaments are entertaining as long as we can hear about it or watch it happening to someone else.  What would good entertainment be if it were not for that sudden and very challenging event that has taken a character by surprise?  The audience is fixated on the screen, the situation, the intensity of the problem, and on the character seeking to find a way to get out of the mess. 

In real life, we are too often that “character” that is blindsided by something that we never saw coming.  Just when it appeared that all was going well, there is a significant moment when we learn of a crevasse that was not on our “map” for the day.  If it is severe enough or involves someone very close to us, then all other items on a day’s agenda hit “pause”.  Our mind and attentions are completely focused on the matter at hand.  Most often, we are relieved to find out that the situation is better than the initial call made it sound.  We are so glad to get back to those things that we thought were stressful before the call came that derailed our schedule.  Now, the blinking lights needing our attention seem to be more manageable.

Some years ago, when I was learning to fly, my instructor told me to put the plane into a steep and extended dive. I was totally unprepared for what was about to happen. After a brief time, the engine stalled, and the plane began to plunge out-of-control. It soon became evident that the instructor was not going to help me at all. After a few seconds, which seemed like eternity, my mind began to function again. I quickly corrected the situation. Immediately I turned to the instructor and began to vent my fearful frustrations on him.

He very calmly said to me, “There is no position you can get this airplane into that I cannot get you out of. If you want to learn to fly, go up there and do it again.” At that moment God seemed to be saying to me, “Remember this. As you serve Me, there is no situation you can get yourself into that I cannot get you out of. If you trust me, you will be all right.” That lesson has been proven true many times over the years.   (Copied).

When the storms, difficulties, sorrows, illnesses, family strife, financial pressures, or personal despair hits, we wonder if we will ever be able to overcome “this time”.  It is so good in those moments to remember that the grace of our Heavenly Father led us out before, and we know He has not changed. That should give us confidence that He will not forsake us now.

So many verses remind us of God’s constant presence in our lives.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”