Archive for August, 2010

Leaving…But Not Alone

Posted: August 16, 2010 by clairer in God's Faithfulness, Trusting God

This has been an emotional weekend for me.  The week has finally arrived: I’m leaving for college.  All weekend, I’ve been thinking about the “lasts.”  The last time that I have devotions with my family at night.  My last family dinner.  My last Sunday at church.  Of course, they’re not really lasts.  I’ll be home for holidays and some weekends, but a season in my life is ending and, for a time at least, I’m leaving everything I know behind.  Well, almost everything.  The load of things in the trunk of our family’s van can attest to the fact that I’m not leaving everything behind.  But, I am leaving my family, my friends, and my church.

But, as I’ve been thinking about all the things I’m leaving and all the things I’ll miss, there has been one thought that I’ve found extremely comforting:  I’m not leaving God behind.

One of my favorite verses over the past couple weeks has been Deuteronomy 31:8 which says, “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.”

I’ve come to realize that although I’m leaving my friends and family, my Father and my Best Friend is coming along with me — in fact, as the verse says, He has already gone before me.  He is with me now and He is also there, in my dorm room, ready to give me a grand welcome.  Just because I leave home doesn’t mean He won’t meet me in my devotions, instruct me as I read the Bible, or strengthen me as I pray.  No, He’ll still be there — never changing and ever with me.