Today's reading referenced God as a Red Sea Splitting God. A God that divided the seas! What a powerful God we serve! That was such a comfort to me today.
And another comfort from that same reading is Isaiah 43:2.
First the NIV version:
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
And from the Message:
When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you.
When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you're between a rock and a hard place,
it won't be a dead end—
(v.3) Because I am God, your personal God
I find much comfort in this verse, God is here. I know God is here, he's made it undeniably clear throughout all of this. His present is felt daily/hourly/every minute. But when things get tough it's easy to forget that. It's easy to wonder where he is and why this is happening. But God has a purpose in all of this, I don't know what it is, I may never know what it is, but it is a part of his perfect will and being in his will is the best place to be (although not always the easist).
If you have prayed for us or gifted us in another way please know that we are so thankful. We are overwhelmed, we are struggling to know how to be gracious and accept these gifts. Accepting help does not come easy to us but we are learning. I pray that we are able to show our complete gratitude to all of you. I pray that you never wonder whether we are truly thankful. We are so so so thankful and overwhelmed by your goodness. God has truly blessed us with an amazing circle of family and friends, without you all I don't know how I would ever get through all of this!