On September 16, 2008 the NPR talk show had a bashful 19 year old on the program (as the reporter described her–a wavy haired blond girl in a pink T-shirt). She was there to describe how, when Hurricane Ike came to Galveston, she and her dad had to move their boats to a safer location. On the eve before Hurricane Ike she piloted the boat for 12 hours through the night. Jullian Williams talked about how nerve racking it was to pilot the big 70 foot deep sea fishing boat, “it had been a long time since I had piloted a boat in that rough a water . . .” She concluded the sentence with, “ . . .but my Dad was ¼ of a mile ahead of me talking to me on the radio and telling me I was doing fine.”
As I listened to that broadcast I thought, “What a Dad and what a daughter!” Applying what I heard from Jullian on the radio that day, I ask “Is that not the relationship we share with our Heavenly Father?” As we pilot through this life in treacherous waters, He is there soothing our fears, calming our anxiety, telling us we’re doing fine.
Psalm 94:19, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”
Remember whether it be divorce, cancer, financial ruin, or just plain everyday difficulty, God really is just a prayer away.