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Promises Made & Promises Kept

A few months ago, I would have never anticipated all of the change that March (and the following months) would bring. Because change is a part of life, we can expect each day, each month, and each season, to bring its own joys, sorrows, routines, and habits. But we don’t often assume all of these moments will collide at once.

Along with many others, I have certainly felt a collision. From spending each day teaching, laughing, and listening to preschoolers to holding Zoom calls each morning in an empty classroom, from experiencing the limited nature of time to dusting the books off the bookshelf, from thinking my body was healthy and normal to visiting the doctors multiple times a week, from being a proud aunt of 6 to welcoming a joyous 7th, from celebrating my grandpas 86th birthday to mourning his death, my life, and the entire world, has been exceptionally altered. Fear, anxiety, loneliness, purposeless, and doubt often ensue these colossal changes.

I have found it an enormous comfort, and effective tool, to fight these insecurities and false truths with Scripture, which does not, and can not, change. It is for this reason that I can utter back to God the same language he provides in the Psalter. “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you” (Psalm 9:9-10). And further, “You make known to me the path of life [eternity], in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

As C.S Lewis writes, “But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings [and circumstances] come and go, His love for us does not.” He is a constant peace, comfort, and presence in our ever-changing realities. May we remind ourselves each day of the promises he has made and the promises he perpetually keeps.

Andi Wade

Vero Bible Fellowship Student Ministries

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