Dinner was next on my evening agenda. Chilled from the swirling autumn winds, I grabbed chicken stock to start a hearty soup. Since it was just my 4-year old and me, it was the perfect night for a warm and easy meal. The wind seemed to die down, and I settled in to study for an exam the next day. After several hours, I found myself asleep on the couch. While heading to bed, I heard a bang next to the house that sounded like the gate. Startled, I listened intently, and I heard more banging. More alarmed now than before, I cautiously peered out the window, with the thought of an intruder pounding in my head. What would I do if I saw someone? Then, I saw it. The fence gate was open. I went out the back with the flash light. As it turned out, the wind from the Northeaster had grabbed the fence gate, wrenching it loose to swing freely in the wind.
The snow that had begun to fall with the storm somehow calmed my spirit as I wrestled the fence gate and securely latched it. Going back into the house, a verse from Deuteronomy came to my mind, “And the Lord, He is it that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be dismayed (Deut. 31:18, KJV). Skipping the rest of my study for the evening, I got ready for bed. I felt relieved and blessed. I didn’t go out into the dark alone. In fact, I wasn’t the first one out there. He was already there in the darkness with me.
God never forsakes us, and He never fails us. Day or night, in a crowd or when we are alone, He has promised to be with us. Don’t be fearful or be disheartened. He is with you today.