“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” (Isa. 43:1-2)


Heavenly Father, thank you for parenting us so well through the Scriptures. Today, in particular, we bless you reminding us that suffering is a normative part of life on our way Home. Suffering is normative, but it is not ultimate.

The ultimate (and most precious) part of life is revealed is your choice of four pronouns—three “I’s” and one “You.’ “I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name. I will be with you. You are mine.”

Oh Father… that’s all we truly need. You are just as sovereign over our sorrows as our joys—Lord of our tears and our cheers, our heartaches and our belly-laughs. And Hallelujah, we are yours. We are “passing through” waters and rivers because we’re traveling, not meandering or stuck in a perpetual “Groundhog’s Day” movie of sadness and pain.

You are taking us to the eternal feast of wiped tears and redeemed pain—all things new and nothing broken. We’re in a parade of grace whose final destination is the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1-5). Thank you, Father. Your faithfulness and perfect timing trump our fickleness and impatience. So Very Amen.