It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8). These words are very comforting and encouraging. However, being a Christian does not guarantee a life void of trial and difficulties. As a matter of fact, being a Christ follower we may come across with lot of invitations from Mr. Temptation and Ms. Test. Both are deceiving and intimidating however the key to overcome these and maintain serenity in our life we need to trust in God’s eternal words as Jesus did. When we get to know the Promise of God deep down it will transform us and make us to move closer to Him, and moreover enable us to act upon His Holy Will. As you know God always assures that even if the whole world abandons you He will not forsake you, no matter what the situation regardless of how lonely life gets or appears to be, or how wretched you are, and how far away you are from his presence.
Here I would like to share with you a story that was told by my spiritual director and it goes like this….. One night a man had a dream. He dreamt that he was walking along the beach with God. As he looked up at the sky, he saw all the scenes of his life flash by along with two sets of footprints: one set of himself and another of God. As he looked carefully at those footprints he noticed something quite disturbing: sometimes there were two sets of footprints and at other times, particularly at the most difficult times in his life, he saw only one set of them. This deeply troubled the man, so he turned and said to God: “Lord, you said that if I followed you, then you would always walk with me through thick and thin, in all my difficulties and joys. In looking back, I see that during the most painful times there is only one set of footprints. Why did you leave me when I needed you the most?” He heard the voice of God who said, “My child, I love you and would never leave you alone. It was during those difficult times you see one set of footprints and that is the time when you suffered the most that I carried you in my arms.” The moral of the story is that God not only offers us encouragement when we are in difficulty, but he totally enters into our hardship with us to see us through.