Guest Blog written by: Molly Watkins
One of the most famous stories of the Bible is about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace. I remember growing up and always learning about that story in church and being fascinated with it. I don’t know if I just thought their names were silly or what. Looking back, I never really understood what God was trying to tell me with this story, I had heard it so many times it just became routine. I mean, I got the message that God will protect me and all but I never read deeper into it. Now that I’m older and read it again I can understand it more. God loved these three men so much because they were willing to step up for what they believed in the die for it. He protected them from that fire so everyone in the nation would see that if you trusted their God, and not some gold statue, that you too would be protected and loved.
One of my favorite songs reminds me of this story, “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe. The chorus says, “I am not alone, I am not alone. You will go before me, you will never leave me.” God is there for us every single day no matter what we face in our lives. He walks with us through the good and the bad. He protects us in anything we go through, just like he protected those three men.
Right now in my life these words mean so much to me. I’m watching many of my friends start their freshman year of college and I’m starting to apply to places. The unknown scares me so much right now. I’ve had to stop so many times and just pray because I’ve stressed too bad about it. This story is God’s way of reassuring me that he has a plan and I just have to trust him. He will protect me and keep me safe with whatever life throws my way.