Isaiah 41:10 hit me right between the eyes. Exactly the “verse of the day” I needed. It wasn’t that anything huge or horrible was about to happen, yet I was feeling stress anticipating all the “what-ifs” that could transpire. Mind spinning at warp speed, a migraine still lingered from the day before, as did physical aches from a robust osteopathic appointment. Still emerging from hot-mess-ville, I really needed to be on my a-game today to serve others coming soon to visit. Swimming towards the surface, reaching to break free from the weight pulling my boots down, my spirit leapt at the LORD’s words:
‘Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NKJV (underscore mine)
As I read His words over and over, memorizing them word for word, pulling the cloak of His protection around my fragile mind, an image began to appear, becoming sharper, more defined as His promises spilled from my mouth. Promises that not only told me what He was going to do: strengthen, help, uphold; but first declared who “He” is: I am with you, I am your God. Moses asked how to declare God’s name to the children of Israel, “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV).
What a joy to experience anew that the cloak of God’s promises brought the greater treasure of I AM Himself standing with and for me. Sure, I had the head knowledge that He is always with me, but deeper today was again reminded He is actually standing there intimately strengthening, helping, upholding me in my raw vulnerability. So, my hand in His, my self leaning fully on His infinite strength, I welcomed those I thought would bring chaos, and watched the LORD deliver us to a rest-filled day. It was amazing. Able to let go of worry, of trying to manage what everyone was doing, of protecting young minds from too much screen-time . . . a calm infused my soul and mind, and our home, as I “let it go.” Let go even more my clutch to protect those I love. Entrusted them more into the Savior’s hands.
Fear not! I AM! I will! Yes, We can take the LORD at His Word. For they are more than mere words. They are Him!