I AM. I WILL.
Read Isaiah 41: 1-14
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41: 10 (NRSV)
Rebecca Ruth Whisnant lives in Alabama. Alone in the hospital room, she awaited word from the nurse, about how her mother's surgery was going. Her life, as well as theirs, was undergoing major change. Before her mother came home they would need to build a ramp, move furniture, but a wheelchair, and schedule therapy appointments. Mom would have to learn to walk again. The list seemed endless, and Rebecca felt helpless.
She walked back and forth repeating the words above from Isaiah. Turning to these "I am" and "I will" statements from Isaiah reminded Rebecca that she could rely on God. She did not need to be anxious about the outcome. She did not have to know how it would all work out. God would give her the strength and help she needed. God's righteous hand would hold them all up.
Though many years have passed since that day, these words often come to Rebecca in times of distress. Those repetitions over and over in a hospital room have forever etched on her heart God's truth: "I am I will." God's word is true and powerful. When we study and memorize scripture, it will always be present to help us remember - and then find peace in - God's promise to be present with us, especially in times of crisis.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your strength and your promise to be with us thru all our struggles and times of distress, in Jesus' name. Amen.