In the Company of the Spirit – Letters in Red

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Truth be told, I became far too accustomed to death during my younger years. Saying “goodbye” seemed more common than “hello,” so getting too close to people didn’t interest me. At least I thought it didn’t.

The more I grew in my faith, the more I learned to seek an essential connection to people. So when death came calling again, I felt my strength leave my body. I knew those closest to me weren’t ready to say goodbye to their loved one the way I had done many times before. As I thought about what was ahead, fear ripped the courage from my heart, and the stoic demeanor I usually displayed crumbled to the floor of my kitchen. No person was there to witness the moment, but I wasn’t alone.

Matthew 28:20b
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

That moment was too big for me to handle on my own, but God’s Spirit filled the room and turned my need for help to hope. God gave me the necessary strength to drive ten hours to support my wife and others, as we all suffered through such a terrible loss and mourned together.

Because of that experience, now when I pray for strength in times of uncertainty, I go to one of my favorite verses.

Joshua 1:9
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.”

Thinking back to that moment when I sank to my kitchen floor, I’m reminded of a story (thanks to Findlay Campus Pastor Chris Baney) that Rob Pelinka shared about Denzel Washington. When asked how he prepared for a particular role, Denzel shared that, before he went to bed at night, he would take his shoes and put them deep underneath his bed. The next morning, this made him start every day on his knees, in humility and prayer.

I wonder if the Spirit moved me to my knees that day to remind me of my need for him and that he was there with me, ready to help me through it.

Do you lean on God in moments of uncertainty? How are you reminded of Jesus’ words during troubled seasons?

Next Steps:
Remember that you are not alone. Pray for the right answers to your problems. Be more intentional when studying the Bible. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance from others when trying to dissect Jesus’ words.

Father God, thank you for not leaving me, even when I think I’m alone. Let me hear and see your truth in my weakest moments. Remind me that strength as well as answers are found in prayer, so humble me. Break me down to my knees and continue to fill my heart with your love. Amen.

This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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3 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I recently lost my friend and my niece in the same day. Fighting a depression that is sapping my strength, this is the message I needed to hear today. Thank you Jaron!

  2. Payton Lechner
    Payton Lechner says:

    What a powerful devotional. Thank you for your vulnerability, Jaron.

    I admire the strength it must’ve taken to pursue community and life-giving relationships after all you’d been through.

  3. Scott Harden
    Scott Harden says:

    Putting your shoes under your bed as a reminder to start your day on your knees, in humility and prayer. I am going to do that! Thanks Jaron!
    🙂 Scott

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