Once you reach a certain age, you think you don’t need your mom anymore. I will always want her in my life, but I didn’t think I needed her in my corner the way I did when I was young. I didn’t think I needed her cheering me on. It was my turn to be there for her, so I thought.
She’s a spunky 88 years old. Our conversations and time together has changed over the years. We can’t shop for hours like we used to do. We don’t take the kids and walk the neighborhood like we used to do. Now, I worry about her health, preventing falls, and keeping her safe.
My sister sent me a text message saying she was bringing Mom up to hear me preach. I was shocked. It is hard to travel that far. I’m about an hour away from her. I was touched that she wanted to hear me and make the trip. I felt her love and encouragement. The tears started to roll down my cheeks as I realized I still need Mom in my corner.
It’s easy to forget, as an adult, what it feels like to have someone cheer you on. It’s easy to forget that God is my corner cheering me on.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).
Yes, I still need mom in my corner, but more so, I needed to be reminded that God is in my corner. I always have Him cheering me on. I always have His encouragement. I am never alone.
It’s easy to think of God being there for me when times are tough. He’s my rescuer, my comforter. It is hard for me to think of God being proud of me. Why is that? I need to remind myself that He made us in His image, that His works are wonderful. He desires our success. He is cheering us on.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. (Psalm 139: 13-14 NIV).
I have to force myself to imagine it, and when I do, it makes me smile. It fills my heart with joy. It’s worth taking the time to see God in our corner. Try it. You might be surprised.
Who is cheering you on? How is God in your corner? SHare your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.