«Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for YOU are with me» (Psalm 23:4).
It had been raining for the last few days and many country roads were mired. It was almost midnight when my (L) father received a call for help because the Ford 350, a military-green truck from the sixties that was loaded with beehives, had gotten stuck in the mud. It was a little cold and my mother and brothers were already sleeping, so it was a privilege for me to join my father in that rescue adventure. I put on my boots and grabbed a coat, and without fear of the night or the deserted path, we headed off to a distant field. An incredible moon -shone on the road as if it was midday, but before reaching our destination, another mishap happened. This time, the tire of our «invincible» small Unimog truck had burst. So there was my father changing the tire while I held the flashlight. I cannot remember the details of the story but we were able to rescue the Ford 350 with all its passengers. It is possible that I may have fallen asleep before the rescue happened. What was unforgettable for me was being with my father during those tough moments.
Life is full of tough moments. We can say that difficulties are a normal part of life. But knowing that amidst them, we can count on our heavenly Father who can make a great difference on the way we perceive and face situations.
The apostle Paul faced serious difficulties during his ministry. In his own words, we know he suffered «in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often» (2 Cor. 11:23). Three times he was beaten with rods; once he was stoned; three times he was shipwrecked; he spent a night and a day afloat on the water; in journeys often; in perils of waters, of robbers, of his own countrymen, of the Gentiles, in the city, in the wilderness, in the sea, among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness (vv. 25-27). However, he was able to say with joy, «But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me» (2 Tim. 4:17).
Today, do not be afraid in facing minor or major difficulties. Just make sure you are accompanied by your heavenly Father in the adventure of rescuing mankind.