I am fortunate enough to have two very different occupations: my first one is with a large, national organisation and the second is with our local church. Two very different jobs. My previous role at Go For It funded, Ayr Ark involved managing the whole project. This included looking after the volunteers and staff that were part of the incredible work God was doing there. In my job with the national organisation I have no line management responsibilities.
Sometimes I think I forget that.
Recently, I had been concerned that the way I was doing my job in my area was being done differently by my colleagues elsewhere. I spoke to my boss as I was worried about looking lazy in comparison but he backed me up and finished with “But I don’t want you to be worrying about that.” I had been worrying about something that isn’t my issue to fix. It is my line manager’s responsibility and he reminded me of such.
Similarly, in my new church role, I had been met with challenges (as are we all) and the leadership team were very quick to stress that it wasn’t “I” but “we” that were working through the challenges together.
Isn’t that great? Isn’t it amazing to know that we aren’t alone in these things?
God says the same thing to us. He loves us too much to let us go it alone in this world. It is incredible to think that God stands beside us and says, it is not you; it’s we and don’t you worry about it; I’ve got it sorted.
We do not stand alone. We have God no matter what happens and He gives us each other.
In Luke 10v1, Jesus sends the disciples out in pairs. Similarly, Paul didn’t travel alone and even Jesus himself took others with Him. Albeit it to train and prepare them for what was to come.
The Bible is littered with verses reminding us that God walks with us and that we shouldn’t be afraid or worry. Even if we feel alone because sometimes the world can seem a lonely place, we are never truly alone for God never leaves our side.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1v9.
So when the trials come and my head goes down, I have been reminded that God is right beside me. If only I would take the time to look up, I would see Him there and know that wherever my road leads, I do not walk it alone.
We do not walk alone.
About the Author
Tracy Baird was formerly the Senior Project Worker at Ayr Ark, a Go For It funded project which provides an alcohol-free nightclub, community education, Summer trips and lots more, to increase confidence and promote positive lifestyle choices among young people. Tracy and her family now live in Fife.
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