You are not alone
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Psalms 23:4 RSV
The image David is conveying in the passage provides the reader of this Psalm of God’s ever presence. The Shepherd leads the sheep back home during evenings. The journey at nights makes the sheep fearful. They are frightened by the experience but they know they can trust the Shepherd for He is there to provide comfort. When there is a great deal of pressure in life, you might feel that God has abandoned you. The Shepherd is always there to assure you that you are not alone. “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6). When you are experiencing a transition in life because of the changing circumstances that you are dealing with, you find yourself at a lost. You want to have someone on your side to provide you assurance that you would be able to make it. You want someone that would listen to you when you want to talk or when you want to cry. In this sense, Jesus is the One that will provide you what you need so you could face tough times in life and the assurance that you are not by yourself. Jesus promised this, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b). He is with you, takes you by your hand, and dries your tears. Life at times could be awfully cold because of the bitter winds caused by disappointment and pain. Yet, He always assures you not to give up instead He asks you to trust Him. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).