"In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice... He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were at his feet... He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him... Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced... He shot his arrows and scattered my enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them."
Psalm 18:6, 9, 11-12, 14
How often He had arisen as light in the darkness!
How often she had called upon Him from the very center of trouble, knowing that He heard her the instant each storm broke upon her, knowing He would come at once and deliver her. But now... she found herself standing alone, isolated, looking into a great grey mist. "My heart and my flesh fail..."
When her inner struggles ceased, she looked again at the mist - and saw that a great light was growing in its very heart. She knew that she wasn't alone, and had never been alone. God was her refuge and strength, present with her, ready to help in times of trouble! (Psalm 46:1)
He would make good on His promises of lovingkindness toward her, and He comforted her. He would not let her hopes be disappointed. Nor could she fear any longer, for through the folds of the hills, they were open ways to Him.
She was filled with assurance: The One whom she followed could see through the mist all the way to the end of the path.
My Father, could the mist around us really be the advancing edge of your powerful storm? We pray for our NEEMA girls to hear Your voice when they call out for help. Give them courage to stand, through any darkness that gathers, so that they can encourage others when Your brightness is at last revealed.