God With Us

The last post I wrote was a little more… sad than what I usually post. One thing I have always aimed to do is be honest and write exactly where I am in these posts. I am sorry if the last post gave the impression I am unhappy or something is really “wrong.” While I wouldn’t change a word from my last post, I would want anyone reading to know that this is a tough time but I know this is where I am supposed to be (and it will get better).
As I read through a devotional this morning, I am acutely aware that I am supposed to be right where I am at this very moment. I subscribe to a few devotionals and all of them today talked about the same sort of thing. The first started out with Psalm 139 (which I encourage you to read in its entirety on your own). Something to think about:
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.

As I read those words, I was comforted by the truth that even those these are tough times, God has put me here and understands better than I what I am going through. Not only does He understand, He has put me there and is with me. What a comforting thought that God is with you.

The next devotion I went to talked about the meaning of names and how important they are throughout the Bible and Biblical times. The author chose to focus on Matthew 1 and specifically the name the angel told Mary she was to give Jesus. He is “Immanuel” (also “Emmanuel”) which means “God with us.”
Again, I was comforted with the fact that no matter where I am, God is with us.

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While these are simple truths and things we have all read before, it is comforting in this season to here God tell me, “I am with you.”

-Selah

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