The Interstate 5 corridor through California’s Central Valley can seem interminable, especially if one is driving alone. So, to break up the monotony on this trip, I grabbed several old CDs that I haven’t listened to in years.
Cruising along to Carole King’s “Tapestry” album, the Lord was speaking as loudly as she was singing. “I feel the earth move under my feet; I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down; I feel my heart start to trembling whenever you’re around…” and I considered the earth-quaking impact of being in the presence of God.
Then, “Way over yonder is a place that I know, where I can find shelter from a hunger and cold…Talkin’ about a, talkin’ about a, way over yonder is a place I have seen, in a garden of wisdom, from some long ago dream,” and I yearned for heavenly places.
And, self-explanatory, “Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to…I will follow where you lead.”
But then there was, “I’d like to know that your love is love I can be sure of; so tell me now and I won’t ask again, will you still love me tomorrow? Will you still love me tomorrow?” And I realized that this is the cry of many people who are afraid to trust God because they have been bitterly and continually disappointed by others.
God’s Word is true and, yes, he can be trusted!
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you…It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:6, 8
Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16
…for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6