As he drove slowly over mountains and through the forests, his mind kept reflecting back to the times they had traveled this road together. He remembered how they had stopped by the gently flowing river to breathe in deep the fresh, mountain air. It had always brought peace to his soul and joy to his heart but, this time, he was alone.

He felt the tears starting to well up in his eyes and the pain that wrenched his heart was almost more than he could bear. All of his hopes and dreams seemed to be slipping through his hands as the world he knew, the one they had shared, was about to end.

He tried to press on, but now he could barely see through his tear-strained eyes. “Why God? Why don’t you care? Where are you when I need you most?” He wanted to give up, but something seemed to hold him back. He pulled over to the side of the road and knew he couldn’t go on. He could feel himself losing control and every ounce of strength he could muster wouldn’t be enough to keep him from going over the edge.

He still can’t remember exactly what happened but, somehow, at that darkest moment when it seemed that nothing could change the course that was destroying his life, Someone was reaching out to keep him from losing everything.

As he cried out to God, God’s heart ached for him for, “Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt, not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Father’s heart.” (The Desire of Ages, page 356)

Today he can look back to that moment and see how his Savior was by his side, holding him in His arms of love and keeping him by His grace. How is it for you? Are you going through a difficult time in your walk with the Lord? Do you feel His presence by your side? If you are passing “through the waters” he says, “I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isaiah 43:2)

His promises are sure, for He can never fail.

—Pastor Steve Nelson