A chilly July Saturday morning, I made true my promise to join the Elite squad for their morning run in the forest. Davis and Steve, the guys who had been trying so hard to induct me into this squad were missing in action but it was okay because motivation came from a different unforeseen direction.
Two hours of serious running in the forest of pine trees at seven in the morning was so new to me. It was so serene. The terrains were steep, my muscles were aching badly with every mile we conquered, my mouth was dry, my heart felt like it was going to explode but my pacesetter of the day was there every single step of the way pushing me.
I needed something to distract my mind from the pain I was feeling. And as my mind wandered, out of the blue I remembered Mrs. Jemimah’s words “He never leaves, mister. He never leaves”. “Even in the bad times?” I asked. “Even in the bad times,” she said assertively. See, my mom was my friend, she started confiding in me from a very early age. She told me things that stuck with me throughout my teenage and adult life. Things I’m sure she long forgot about. She had mad storytelling techniques back in the day.
When I was about nine years old, she told me the story of a young boy who she likened to me. This boy, my mom said, was in heaven going through his paths of life with Jesus. He noticed that there were times when there were two pairs of footprints on the path. The good times, the times when the paths were smooth but the times when the paths were rough, there was only one pair of footprints.
“What happened in those difficult paths Lord? Did you desert me?” the lad asked. “No, I didn’t, answered the Lord. Those are my footprints, I carried you on my shoulders”
Joseph ends up in Egypt where he’s taken to Potiphar to be his slave. Genesis 39 opens by telling us how God was with Joseph in the house of his master. Everything he touched prospered. He was the captain in Potiphar’s house. And it is easy to identify with that. You know, when things are going well around you, you just feel God. You testify of His goodness in your life.
Life takes a tragic turn in the same chapter where he is falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife. The writer tells us that Joseph is thrown in jail, the very next thing we are told is that The Lord was with Joseph. Listen, there are many times in this walk of life when you feel alone. The bad times especially. This is where it is easy for one to feel like they’re forsaken by God but the truth is, God is always with us. He was with Joseph even in the prison, He gave him favor with the warden.
Journey through this life knowing that God is with you. Face your circumstances with the confidence that you are not alone. Heaven’s backing you up whether it feels like it or not. God has promised never to leave and He doesn’t promise for the sake of it. His promises are yeah and amen. You know His name is Emmanuel, and as my mom says, He never leaves, not even for a moment.
Child of God, God Is With You.