A few months ago, I read a quote from a most familiar character in my life. In our house, we read his stories and watched his program on television. We were probably more interested in his jumping friend, Tigger, than we were in the words spoken between Winnie and his friends. But now as an adult, I find myself appreciating these words shared between two friends ….
See what I mean? How good are those words!!!!
In the last two months since reading those words, I have gone back countless times to remind myself of those very words. I have shared them with others who also felt their impact. Let’s think on this for a minute as we remember similar words spoken to us:
- You are braver than you believe. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV). There is One living in us, who makes us braver than we can ever believe we are.
- You are stronger than you seem. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10, NIV). It is as He infuses His strength into our weak bodies that we become stronger and able to stand against all odds.
- You are smarter than you think. “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NIV). The Holy Spirit teaches us and guides us even in areas we are not knowledgeable. He brings back to our memory those things we have heard and learned as they are needed.
And then comes the most important part ….
Our Lord will never leave us! Not ever!
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV)
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b, NIV)
“If ever there is ever a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember:
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.Â
But the most important part, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.Â
I’ll always be with you.”Â
(as spoken by Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh)
And these words are spoken by our God to us today.