Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT
One Sunday afternoon a few months after my parents’ divorce, I was preparing lunch with my father in our modest apartment’s kitchen. He was standing behind me cooking something. I didn’t recognize it, but he was struggling internally and had given up hope. He started sobbing frantically. As I turned toward him, he took hold of me and cried on my shoulder. I was thirteen years old.
All my life, my dad was my hero, magnificent and powerful. For the first time in my life, I was giving my dad support, and I realized that he was imperfect and human. It horrified me; it sobered me. I realized I always had his power to rely on, but seeing him weak left me afraid.
We are born with an instinctive knowledge that we are going to be all right and that someone is watching over us. Yet we learn that people, though they may do their best, are flawed and will eventually fail us. But the natural hunger for stability, support, and strength never pass away. That is the thing that God has put in us—a craving for His completion in our lives.