by Caroline Czerkawski
Because she loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name…
I don’t know about you, but I was completely blown away by Youth Sunday on Feburary 12th. The music and the lyrical dancing were both beautiful and the seniors’ talks were inspirational. The congregrations at NWPC and Wilkesboro Chapel were both moved by this year’s youth-led worship service.
I think most of us can identify with the passage of scripture on which Youth Sunday was based, Isaiah 43: 1-5. Most of us, at one time or another, have felt they were “walking through fire” and “passing through rivers” (Is 43:3), and that they were being “consumed,” as Hannah Trawick described.
But God promises that when we’re going through these tumultuous times, He will walk with us. He doesn’t promise that He will always take our pain away, but He does say in Isaiah 43:5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.” He promises to be our partner, no matter what is happening in our lives.
That thought is reiterated in Psalm 91: 14-16. This passage is particularly comforting and reassuring to me because it’s so personal. When I read it, I substitute my own name in the first line and then substitute the “he” and “him” for “she” and “her.” At times, I’ve felt emotional after reading these three verses, especially verse 15…
“She will call upon me and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble…”
This month, April, we’re celebrating Easter, the time when we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No “fire or river” we ever encounter could even come close to what Jesus went through during Holy Week. And just as God walks with us, He was walking with Jesus as He went through His final days. He didn’t remove Jesus’ pain and suffering, but He helped Him endure, and then He brought Jesus to heaven to be with Him.
Easter is a joyous time as we remember God’s promised and especially Psalm 91:16…