Walking With God July 2020 Meditation


By Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thou staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4 (KJ)

My wife, Kim, and I always enjoy having our three grandboys come and spend the night with us. It was on one afternoon of fun and play, after baths and supper, we sat down and watched their new favorite Disney movie, “Frozen 2.”

Not to spoil the movie for those who have not yet watched it, but there is one scene where Elsa’s sister, Anna, finds herself all alone in a very dark cave. She is sad, scared, and afraid.

Luke, who is the oldest, said, “Papa, are you scared of the dark?” I knew that my response to his question would be an important one. I thought a minute and then said, “Yes, Luke, sometimes I am scared of the dark!”

The movie continued, and Anna found a way out of the cave by following the light. Once she was out of the dark and gloomy cave, Luke turned to me and said, “Papa, I am not scared of the dark when I’m with you!”

Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death in so many different ways, we should fear no evil. Just as David did so long ago, we know that God is walking with us every step of the way. We are not alone. God is with us, no matter what pain or tragedy we have experienced or are currently experiencing today because of the COVID-19 coronavirus or other challenges of life. We must stay calm, stay connected as the body of Christ, and stay the course.

Prayer: “Lord, we are a people who are not without hope. Our hope is in you, the maker of heaven and earth. It is you, O’ Lord, who walks beside us, under us, before us, and behind us on our journey of faith. Remind us of your great love and mercy for brighter days ahead and that we are never alone. Amen.”