Crossing The Deep

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{Guest Devotional by Kelly Martin}

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

There are times when we feel alone even when other people are around us.

During those times, we need to remember that we are never truly alone.

Even in a room full of strangers, Jesus is with us… always… even unto the end of the world.

Even unto the surgery we are dreading…

Even unto the presentation we have to give…

Even unto the doctor’s appointment we dread…

Even unto the situation we can’t see a way out of…

Even unto the normal, everyday things that happen in our lives that become mundane…

Always and forever, Jesus is with you.

I don’t know about you, but that gives me comfort.

I love this verse. It’s one of my favorites. That’s why I included it in my novel, CROSSING THE DEEP, which came out Oct. 9th, 2012 from Astraea Press.

In the book, teenagers Rachel and Asher are stuck in the Smoky Mountains in what was supposed to be a short hike. After Rachel is hurt and a storm cuts off their way home, both feel very much alone even though they have each other. 

Rachel tries very hard to focus on Jesus in her heart, but the longer they are out there the harder it is for her to remember He hasn’t left her. Asher hasn’t believed in God since he was nine, but circumstances force him to decide if he would rather have faith in a Higher Power or an eternity alone. 

Here’s the snippet from crossing the deep:

Crossing The Deep book by Kelly MartinIgnoring his attempts to reassure her, she found her Bible. She lit the book with the flashlight and flipped it open. Wind blew rain inside their little sanctuary, causing her pages to dampen, but she didn’t stop reading.

Matthew 28: 19-20 caught her attention: ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’

Tears welled up in her eyes again. Tomorrow, Asher would be gone, but she still had Jesus with her. He would take care of her.

“I’m sorry,” she said, keeping her eyes on the comforting words. She had no idea if he was even awake. “I know you’re just trying to do what’s best.”

“If you have a better idea, I’m all for it,” he answered, and she knew he meant it. She didn’t think he wanted to leave her either.

“I wish,” she said, reading the verse again to herself. “Do you want me to read some to you?”

“Trying to convert me?”

“You are on a church trip. Kind of our thing.”

“Church trip ended yesterday,” he said. 

Rachel leaned back on her elbow and shined the flashlight in his general direction to see him better. The light made him squint. She took more pleasure in that than she should have.

“Why did you come?” she asked straight out. If he was going to leave her, by golly she was getting answers.

Do you ever feel like God has abandoned you? How does Matthew 28:19-20 help you to feel like he hasn’t abandoned you?

Kelly Martin is a writer, blogger, mommy, teacher, wife, sleep deprived lady (not necessarily in that order). She writes young adult/Christian fiction. Her second book, SAINT SLOAN, is coming late winter 2013. For more information on her, please visit her blogs at http://www.kellymartinstories.com/ and http://www.encourage365.com/. You can buy Crossing the Deep here. You can tweet a link to this devotional by clicking here

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