Rescued and Sustained
I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior. Isaiah 46:4 (TLB)
Linawati Santoso lives in East Java, in Indonesia. A few years ago, a plant sprouted near the porch of their house. They didn't know what kind of plant it was, but as it grew higher it looked as if it were going to be a tree. Linawati's father planned to cut it down because he didn't want a tree to block sunlight to the house. However, when he learned that Linawati liked the plant, he let it grow.
A few weeks later, Linawati noticed that the stem of the plant had cracked. Strong winds must have damaged it during the night. She called her sister and told her how sad she was. To her surprise, her sister took a rope and tied the stem of the plant to a nail on the wall. After some time the plant has grown into a fairly tall tree.
In life, like the stem of that plant, we often find ourselves "cracked". Heavy burdens such as financial problems, health issues, and other concerns are like the strong winds that damaged Linawati's plant. But God can sustain us like the rope supported the tree. In Isaiah 46:4, God promises to sustain us, even to our old age and gray hairs. With that promise, we can live in the peace and joy that trusting God can bring.
Prayer: Almighty God, in every problem help us to trust that your strength will sustain us, in Jesus' name, amen.