Matthew 28:20 – And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (NIV)
The first fall I went hunting here in Alaska, the weather was rather warm for the time of year. As a result of this warm weather, the leaves had not yet fallen off the trees. So when we got out into the brush, it was still pretty thick, and visibility was low. I was with my father-in-law riding in the six-wheeler we had to get around the terrain. While we were riding around, the six-wheeler stopped working. My father-in-law went back to our camp to get some tools, which we had forgotten to bring with us. While he was gone, I sat in the six-wheeler looking around.
A little distance off was a rock, which reached above the trees. I thought that, if I could get up there, I would be able to do some spotting. So I walked over to the rock and climbed on top of it. As I was spotting, I noticed that I could no longer see the six-wheeler. I also realized that I had not marked a path back to the six-wheeler. I tried to find my way back but I could not locate the vehicle. I soon realized I was lost. I must admit a panic came over me. I was not familiar with this area, and now I was alone. I was wondering if my father-in-law would be able to find his way back, and I knew I could not find our camp. After some searching, I finally found the six-wheeler. I then went back to the rock, but this time I marked a path. I was then able to see my father-in-law approach.
Things worked out for me, but I came to realize that even though I was out there with no-one else, Christ was still with me. In today's scripture, Christ told His disciples that He would always be with them, and He promises to be with us. Once I thought about that, I found a comfort in my situation. I was able to think a little clearer and deal with my problem a little better.
We must remember that we are never alone. Christ is always with us. When Christ is with us, we can find comfort. When we find this comfort, we are better able to overcome the situations we face in life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you will always be with us. May we always remember this and always look to you, instead of letting our fears control us when we are lost. In Jesus' name. Amen.