The past 10 days have been surreal. My guess is that it has been surreal for several other people in my life as well.
Just in case you don’t know what surreal means… it means bizarre or dreamlike.
This past week has been such a mush…like a dream where things just kind of mold together and you don’t know whether you are coming or going. Everyone has weeks like that every once in a while, right?
First, it was the floods in Nashville…the mystery of not knowing whether our stuff would make it…how my dad was…how the students at Tusculum and that church were doing… just kind of the terror of not knowing.
Soon following all that, we found out about an accident that happened following prom at Huntsville High. While one of the students involved attends our church, it was an upset to the majority of our student ministry. People crying and worried.
Then an hour later, I was made aware that one of our staff members lost their daughter in a tragic boating accident. The daughter, Amber, was just 24.
Between all those different events, it just felt like a sea of surrealness.
Have you ever been to an arcade or putt putt golf area where they have games? There is usually a game where alligators or some random animal pops up and you have to “bop” it down and keep bopping them in order to win. I kind of felt like that. Once we got one alligator bopped down another popped back up.
The thing is…
As we were having a prayer session as a staff one day, one of our Children’s Ministry staff, Jennifer, read from Isaiah 43.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom…and because I love you…”
I remember when I was growing up in Nashville, and in the Harpeth Hills Youth Group room this verse was on the wall. At that time, a song based on this verse was real popular that we sang all the time. I feel like every time I read those words, no matter what season…they apply. Whether it is remembering how God walked with you through something or whether you are asking God to fulfill His promises or not forget you, this verse is a reminder.
A reminder that even though surreal things may be happening…
God still love you the same.
God never leaves your side.
God won’t let it or whoever overcome you.
There is no fear where there is God and His love.
If you are perhaps upset because you are experiencing one of those situations I mentioned before, or if you have something entirely different going on…
Remember that God walks through life with you no matter how surreal it is.