This morning I read a story about a Mom who was at the beach with her family. Her small son found a tiny little sea shell. He proudly brought it to his Mommy and asked her to hold it for him. It was so small that she held it between 2 fingers to keep it safe. As she was relaxing on the beach she was suddenly drenched by a huge wave ! Her first thoughts were of her son's shell....had it been lost in the water, had it been destroyed, crushed by her fingers ? She pulled her 2 fingers apart and there it was safe. Her son called to her inquiring about his shell. She assured him that it was just fine.
As I read this a passage in Isaiah came to mind. I was reminded of the verses in Chapter 43:1b-3a "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fine, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, you God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
God did not promise that life would be easy but He did promise to walk through the trials with us. Take heart and remember you have a Redeemer and He loves you !