For Christmas last year I was gifted an Apple watch v4. Oh my goodness! What this device can’t do!! It tells me how many more steps I need to take to close my “rings”. It tells me to stand up, to breathe (do I really need to be reminded to do that?). It asks me when I am walking, if I would like this ‘logged as exercise’. It tells me what the traffic is like in relation to where I am going as it’s checked my schedule. Sometimes it starts talking to me (Siri) for no apparent reason, I can access my emails, take calls, swim and it tracks my exercise, and I could go on.
It is very much my constant companion while it is strapped to my wrist.
During the holidays when I returned to journaling more regularly around God’s word, I was reminded that I have a very different constant companion. This companion is not one that needs to be strapped to my wrist but according to Isaiah “is holding my hand”. This companion doesn’t remind me to increase my steps, play my music or inform me of the temperature outside but is infinitely more valuable in my life.
Isaiah 41: 13 I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid, I am here to help you.
Wow, what a companion we have, holding our hand, even when we are unaware. When I take the time to listen, this companion tells me how much I am loved, that I am good enough just as I am, and to hand over my worries, all worries (rather than walk faster or breathe or stand).
While my Apple watch needs charging over-night, God is the one who recharges us and does not come with a big price tag… that’s already been sorted for us too.
As we journey through this school year how blessed we are to have ‘Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth’, walking beside us, holding us by the hand and reassuring us not to be afraid of any situation as our help is right there.
Educational Leadership Director