When we started teaching our oldest memory Bible verses we began with Joshua and "be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, God is always with you." We had hand singles to help her remember them and we enjoyed watching her get this passage. This was about the same time that she was fully potty trained. Her bedroom was pretty far from the bathroom and she had a long walk in the dark (we left a LED light on inside the bathroom). One night I woke up and heard her standing at the edge of her door she reminder herself: be strong and courageous, do not be terrified, God is with me; and then she ran to the bathroom. After using the bathroom, again I heard her speak those words and rush to the bathroom. Today she uses these words to reminder herself when things get a little scary that she isn't alone.
But her lesson her is one for us. When we are on the brink of anything, especially things that scare us, we must allow God to be with us on that journey. The dark is not that dark if we invite God to be apart of us.
That is a powerful lesson for us today. With the changes that happen - be they big or small - we often find ourselves standing on the brink of change. On the brink of the unknown. During these times, we should ask God to walk the journey with us.
We are about to embark on a pretty big change, a move and job changes not just for one of us but both my husband and I. As we stand on the brink of the unknown we are inviting God into this journey so that the dark phase might be that much shorter!