“Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”

art by Paige Payne

I was a sophomore in high school and I had just led my team to a cross country state championship. I felt invincible, like I could do anything.

Then, a few weeks later during basketball practice, I did a cross over and felt a sharp pain in my knee. I looked down and my knee cap was behind my leg.

For most people this is a relatively quick fix. But I remember a year of pain, even after therapy was long over.

I remember the doctors saying the pain was all in my head.

I remember reading the story of Christ healing people in the scriptures and pleading that He would heal me as well.

I remember wondering if I didn’t have the faith to be healed.

Or if I had been forgotten.

I wonder if that’s how the Jews felt—

Invincible after God’s miraculous rescuing of their ancestors against the Assyrians.

Even after Isaiah’s warnings,

I’m sure many fell back on the comfort of knowing they were God’s people. 

Surely they would be protected.

I can imagine their shock when they weren’t saved from the Babylonians.

When they, God’s people, were scattered.

Had they sinned past God’s ability to save?

Had they been forgotten?

Were the Babylonian gods stronger than their God?

God’s answer to me was the same as His answer to them—“Fear not, for I am with thee: be ye not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness,” (Isaiah 41:10).

In truth, my knee still bothers me, even after ligament reconstruction. But I learned some critical lessons from that experience, and ended up at the college I needed to be in because of it.

Help and strength do not always come in the way you expect, but they do come.

Our faith must withstand the test of circumstance and timing.

God will always gather His people.

He upholds you with the same hand that He used to create the universe.

The God who measured the stars in the Heavens (40:12) loves you beyond measure.

The God who weighed the mountains (40:12) is waiting on you..

Because He knows just what you need, and He is ready to give it to you.

You are never too far out of reach.

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