When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isaiah 43:2
My faith has been built and strengthened by God’s love revealed in past situations. I was reflecting on that this week, how one event led to another, to another, to another.
For example, when I had my first miscarriage, when I got the diagnosis that a miscarriage was inevitable, I sat with God, asking for a miracle. But if not, that I trusted Him and that I knew He had a bigger plan. That wasn’t out of the blue.
It was built on the experiences before that. It was built on the “come to Jesus” conversation I had in my car right before I met Michael. It was built on being led to a job that I enjoyed for almost 10 years helping other people. It was built on seeing God in my life when my life felt out of control.
And when I lost my first daughter in stillbirth, the claims that I was stubbornly in love with God and that I would stay faithful no matter what, that was built on all of the things He had done after the first miscarriage.
Reflecting on this verse, I realize that God isn’t saying “if” you pass through the waters, “if” you walk through the fire. It’s not “if,” it’s “when.” But when it does happen, He will be there. And looking back, I’m reminded again and again how His walk with me has strengthened my faith with every step. Just keep going.