Yesterday I read a news story about a young, very conservative, Christian family who, taking their two children (both under the age of four), left the United States and set sail for a developing country in the South Pacific seeking religious freedom. They weren't experienced sailors or navigators, and several weeks into their journey they found themselves adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Reading this story, as an outside observer, it seems so easy to judge this family for their choices and their interpretations of Scripture. But what really struck me is that, when they were adrift at sea and running out of food, the woman involved stated that she always knew that God would provide for them. And He did. The family was found by a boat and transferred to shipping vessel and taken to a US Embassy in South America. They survived. Their two young children survived.
Even if their journey was a massive blunder, and even if the Lord never intended for them to make it, He still protected them through it. He never abandoned them or forsook them. He was there in their time of trouble. I'm thankful that God is big enough to handle all our problems, but
small enough to find us in the middle of the ocean, and direct help
straight to us. I am so grateful that I serve a God who is right there with me, even when I make mistakes, and especially when my mistakes are incredibly huge.
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.