God With Us

by Jun 28, 2019Article

God With Us

Even though I  walk through the valley of  the shadow of death, 
    I will  fear no evil,for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

The above verse got me through my freshman year of college. It was a chaotic year for me – I attended a private Christian college, so there was no partying or drinking involved, but my life was hectic enough without involving any illegal activity. During my first year, I lived without my parents watching over me for the first time. I was in control of my own study habits and scheduling, could spend as much time with my friends as I wanted, and could stay up well past any curfew that had ever been set for me at home. However, college was not all kicks and grins; I also experienced the trials of maintaining long distance relationships with my family and friends from home. I was introduced to real-life, adult problems such as abortions, questioning sexualities, and financial budgeting.

When I think back to my first year of college, memories overflow from my mind – some showered with breathless delight and others overcast with stormy clouds of distress. However, there was one constant for me throughout it all; Jesus.

Lord, You are so good to us. Thank you for always providing for us, even if it is in ways we do not recognize. We live in a crazy broken world, but You are our Cornerstone, our steady Rock. Your love for us never wavers and that is something we can never take for granted. May You lead us to green pastures this week, restoring our souls. We love You.

Through every joyful or sorrowful moment of our busy lives, God is with us. Our settings will change, as will the people in our lives and even our own selves, yet God remains ever-constant. I chose to talk about my freshman year of college because that was one of the craziest and ever-changing times that I have experienced in my entire life. So much occurred in such a small window of time, but through it all, through that valley of life, my one comfort was Psalm 23. I’m sure it was no coincidence that it was the first Bible verse I ever learned.

We never have to fear for our futures or mourn our sinful pasts because God will always provide for us. He is the Shelter from the winds and Refuge from the storms we experience in our busy lives.

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