But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
In 1992 my youngest daughter attended the Youth Triennium at Perdue University in Indiana. She had such a powerful experience out there. Her most impressive memory was having over 650 young people at one of the rallies where everyone was on fire for Jesus. She was so moved by this experience.
The verse for the conference was Isaiah 43:1-2. She came home wearing a tee shirt displaying that verse. I was at a very low point along my journey of life and this verse touched me deeply. I adopted it as my verse. I really needed to cling to it at that time and it brought me through a lot of unhappiness.
As I concentrated on those verses I realized it said, “When you pass through dark waters” …not maybe or if — it said when! We will all go through deep, dark waters throughout our walk in life. This verse has carried me in my life journey. I have had ups and downs as much as many others, but I always have reflected back to this scripture knowing I would get through anything life threw at me because Jesus has redeemed me.
I feel honored to have used this scripture many times to encourage friends, family and those God has put in my path.
Loving God, thank you for always loving me and caring for me in any situation life puts me in. I pray we can all find scripture that has meaning for us to carry us through the ups and downs of life. Please continue to put people out there that we can encourage with the help of your word. I pray that we can be conduits of hope through you. Amen.