Supporting Hand

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me, and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment, you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me, and place your hand of blessing on my head.

This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, your strength will support me. If I try to hide in the darkness, the night becomes light around me. For even darkness cannot hide from God; to you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are both alike to you. Psalm 139: 1-12 (TLB)

Zafar Iqbal lives in Ontario, Canada. In 2014 Zafar and his family migrated from Pakistan to Canada. Although they had many comforts and blessings in Pakistan, some domestic situations led them to make the tough decision to move. Zafar was quite concerned about moving and adjusting to a different part of the world. They prayed a lot about this concern.

Early in the morning on the day of their departure, as they were waiting at the airport terminal, Zafar looked toward the wings of the plane they would board. Amid his mixed feelings, his thoughts moved to the above scripture verses. Zafar felt with strong conviction that God's supporting hand would continue to be upon them. It was then that God's peace replaced his worries.

During the first few years, they faced many challenges and struggles. However God's guidance, provision, strength, and support remained visible to them through their generous and supportive church friends. Ultimately his wife and Zafar got good jobs in their professions, and their sons settled well into their studies.

Even in chaotic situations, as we keep trusting God we can feel God's hand on us - leading, guiding, encouraging, providing for, and protecting us.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your guidance, strength, and support no matter where we go, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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