In the past I might have worried about all the unknowns, but for right now I'm excited. I'm excited for what God will teach us. I'm excited for how we'll stretch and grow. I'm excited for all of the experiences we'll have, the new places we'll go.
Yes, the unknown is scarey. But just the same it's nice to know that God will go with us each step of the way.
I don't know what all of you are facing today. Perhaps you're scared, perhaps your're worried., or perhaps you're excited like me.
As I sit here in my Sunday best, ready to greet the day, I wanted to encourage all of you through the word of God. This is what the book Deuteronomy has to say:
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8).
I pray that you claim this verse for yourself today, and for all of your loved ones that may be far away. As the above verse reminds us, there is no place we can go to in this world, that the Father does not follow. He is always with us, protecting us and keeping us strong, through the good times and the bad.
This verse comforted me in 2009 as my husband and I moved across the country. It helped me stay strong through the lonely days that followed, as we tried to make new friends. It gave me peace as we faced a possible deployment. And today it brings me joy. For we made it through 2009 by the grace of God alone. I'm so thankful that He never did leave our side. And I'm thankful that He's with all of you this morning, comforting you wherever you may be.
If you need prayer for anything, please let me know. I'm always here, ready to get down on my knees and present our problems and praises to the Lord.