You are not alone.
Did you get that? Your present situation isn’t an anomaly. It’s not the first time this has ever happened. Someone has gone through this before.
And guess what?
You have a choice to triumph over adversity. Others have done it. You are a human, and deep within you is an uncanny ability to fight, to overcome. You aren’t meant to be swallowed up by your circumstances.
I know it’s not easy. I don’t know your situation. But I do know that the external neither defines you nor is meant to make or break you.
What defines you and makes you is the truth that God is your Creator, your Sustainer, your Advocate, and your Savior.
You are made in His image, and in this overcoming you are like Him. But you need Him to do it.
Without Him, you can neither overcome your situation nor know yourself.
Without Him, the outside seems stronger than it is, and can swallow you whole.
Like Peter in the Bible, we need to get out of the boat of our own (in)security and comfort, and look in the face of Jesus. Regardless of our circumstance or what the world tells us is right and safe, our God’s-image-bearing lives need to flex our overcoming muscles by stepping out on the water of uncertainty.
Our eyes must remain fixed on the Overcomer, or we will begin to sink like Peter.
If we try to conquer without the Conqueror, we’re only covering the circumstance with dry sand. One wind of fear will reveal it again.
When we rely on the presence of God with us, Immanuel, He reveals to us that we are not alone, and that His grace covers us. His grace covers our circumstances, and empowers us to step out on the water, and overcome again.
We are not alone. Fear and the unknown have been conquered before. They will be conquered again.
Soon enough, they will be conquered once and for all. But, thankfully, that doesn’t depend on us. We just have the opportunity to step out on the water with Jesus.