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She followed him through the fragrant, shady trail, pine needles crunching beneath her feet, rhododendron against the hills. They stopped to admire the view below – rocky, steep ravines, cascading waterfalls, rivers.
“Fear not, for I am with you”.
“But I cannot see you!” She cried, “How can I know for sure?”
Dark, cold, dank.
One foot in front of the other, plodding, stumbling, trembling.
“Why?! Why must I go this way?!” She pleaded.
Another voice, from up above, “Let God be your comfort, let Him be your peace!” This voice – she knew it. A friend from the mountain top who had been fortunate enough to stay.
A friend who wasn’t walking this dark, terrible path.
“You don’t understand! You don’t know what it’s like!” Her voice, raw with suffering.
“Be not dismayed, for I am your God.” He spoke from up ahead.
She curled into a ball up against the rough, sharp rock wall. She lacked neither strength nor courage to go forward.
Alone, afraid, agonizing.
“I can’t do this.” She uttered, buried in her grief.
Another came alongside her, offering food and drink, sustenance.
“I will strengthen you, I will help you.”
Revived, she dared hope and yet, could not arise.
He picked her up, carrying her through the darkness.
“I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
She sensed His peace and she received it, seeping through her soul, permeating her being.
And she knew.
She would make it through the darkness. Resources beyond her understanding He made available.
She would trust when she could not see, and although the path continued dark, her mind received the voices above, cheering her on, encouraging. They would not always be with her.
But He would.
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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