"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me...
... for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you." ... Psalm 23:4, Hebrews 13:5
One of my all-time favorite movies? The Forgotten. Julianne Moore starred in that one and wow, all suspense movies should be that good. (Have you seen it? I just may need to watch that one again.)
And have you viewed the previews for Ms. Moore's latest film? I think we 'of a certain age' are gonna love Still Alice. Though, ok, it deals with Alzheimer's and I realize that frightens some. Maybe no one even knows how much it scares you.
Yet personally? I think those verses, above, are the best 'Alzheimer's Verses' in the entire Bible.
I imagine that forgetting about your life, your people, feels rather like walking through a dark, untraveled-by-you valley. Scarey stuff, indeed.
But I also believe that the deeper we knew and relied upon God before the strangeness pulled us away, the more likely we'll still feel His arm around our shoulders and our face against His coat as we step through those unfamiliar, grassy paths.
With Jesus there and Him being the lamp unto my feet and the Light upon my path, how dark could that valley really be? Where He goes, darkness must flee.
So this is how I'm preparing for an unknown future-- I'm sticking even closer to Him now, learning to need Him and notice, really notice Him minute-by-minute. And reminding myself to chuck my own bright ideas and flawed reasoning in favor of following where He leads.
Now. While the days and my head are (mostly, but-uh-oh-sometimes!) clear and bright and I can remember where I've been, what I did there and who did those things with me. Now while I'm seeking to know Him better, now while I still realize what that means.
And now while I believe all shall be well, somehow, as long as He walks beside me, bearing and being Great Light for all unknown paths ahead.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ... Isaiah 41:10
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
Author: Corrie Ten Boom
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