God is SO good to me. He is giving me and showing me so many things in the book of Nehemiah!
Nehemiah 6:19: “Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.”
God has never one time left me nor forsaken me. He will never leave me or forget about me. He cares too much for me to leave me in the dark. He is not going to leave me stranded in the wilderness that is this world. He will always show the way, both day and night, that I should go to be safe with him and close to him. He gives us a light to follow; he is that light. When we follow him the path will be illuminated and clear, not like the path of the world which is dark and confusing.
Fear for me is always more prominent in the dark when I cannot see. You don’t know what is out there nor what is coming. But, fear and worry do not need to consume me because I am walking with the Lord, and in him is no darkness. I will be less likely stumble and fall when I follow his lighted (and enlightened) way, and if I do stumble and fall he is there to help me get up.
I am reminded of Finding Nemo when Marlin and Dori are deep in the dark crevice and they see the light of the lantern fish beckoning out of the darkness to them. That is what it is like when I stop moving with God and choose to stand in the dark. He waits for me with his beautiful bright light, beckoning me to come back to him. Of course, for Dori and Marlin the light was a vicious carnivorous fish that wanted to eat them. But, in the end, that fish is what allowed them to read the mask and continue on the right path to find Nemo. So, really, that fish was what saved them at the time. That light waiting on me when I choose darkness is my Savior, the one who allows me to continue on the right path. And once I make it make it back into the warm light, it feels so wonderful, like the sun shining after a week of rain.
He is merciful and quick to forgive, he is helpful and always available, he is love and light, and everything wonderful in my life is because of him.