I was sitting with my mother in her backyard early this morning. She is recovering from surgery and we were enjoying the wonderful flowers she has growing everywhere.
I was also enjoying the wonderful scent of the orange and lemon blossoms drifting over from her neighbor’s back yard. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was glorious. As I sat there, I took a few minutes to reflect on one of the stories from the last pages of How To Stop Worrying And Start Living, which I finished last night.
The person telling his story wrote about a time of desolation and uncertainty. He was overwhelmed “by forces beyond my control.” Although this man has probably long ago gone home to the Lord, his story sounded so contemporary, like he wrote it yesterday. Many, many people are feeling this way at the present time.
What pulled him out of his depression? A simple line he turned to in Scripture one day. Opening his Bible, his eyes fell upon John 8:29,
He who sent me is with me. The Father has not left me alone.
This passage became the golden text of his life, and after praying about this passage and what it meant to him, everything changed. The fog lifted and each day thereafter he repeated the passage to himself several times a day. He recommended it to everyone he knew, and it changed their perspectives as well.
So often in difficult times, we feel all alone, isolated and maybe even abandoned. This passage reminds us that we are never alone. God is always with us, just waiting, like the Father in the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), to welcome us with open arms.
Do you have a Scripture passage that has become your golden text? If you do, please share it. If you don’t let today be the day you start looking for it.