This week’s promise is Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT). But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

God is letting us know that we are never alone, even in seasons where we may feel isolated. Sometimes that can be a hard concept to grab a hold of, but as your Redeemer, He is always with you.

When we talk about Adam and Eve we often talk about their offenses, but what was pointed out in our online worship gathering this week is that we often forget that even in light of their offenses, they experienced trauma and God redeemed them. They did have to leave the garden and perfection but God did not leave them. He still clothed, fed, and loved them. If we talk about Adam and Eve as the ones who committed the first sin that changed things for all of us, and God redeemed them, is it even a question if He will redeem you?

Everyone’s trauma is unique to them because no two people feel the exact same about a situation or incident. One thing rings true to me though, regardless of the type of trauma, it may feel difficult to release it. Sometimes it can make us feel as if we no longer have a place at the table, BUT GOD. God says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” He does not leave us when we go through something, in fact, He boldly tells us that no matter what happens in our lives we are always welcomed back home. God does not fill your seat at His table with someone else. He writes your name on it and leaves it out so that you know you can always come home.