Songwriters Rogers and Hammerstein have given the world many songs, some of which have touched people and brought hope and encouragement into lives. One of these has a wonderful promise. The song speaks about walking through a storm coming out of the darkness with head held high. It promises golden skies and singing larks after the storm. It states that a person can walk on with hope in his or her heart and not walking alone through the storm. “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone. “
These are wonderful words to hear in the midst of difficulties and storms, wind and rain. It is tempting to ask if we can really walk on with hope and without feeling alone. My answer is yes. But perhaps my reason is different than that of the songwriters. I know that when we walk with God in our heart, we do not walk alone. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us: “Do not be afraid or terrified … for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” and in Matthew 28, Jesus told his disciples (and us) “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” If we are believers in Christ, we have the promise that God is always with us through the Holy Spirit. We can sing that we will never be alone. No matter what difficulty we go through, God is with us.
Not only can we be sure that God is with us, we do not walk alone because other believers walk with us. Galatians 6:2 asks Christians to “carry each other’s burdens.” During the past two weeks, I have seen God and others walking with someone walking through a storm. A mother of three needed major surgery to correct problems in her spine. Major surgery was recommended and in the Dominican Republic the costs have to be paid before surgery takes place. Three thousand US dollars were needed. Our awesome God provided that in six days touching people in Ontario and Mississippi. People surrounded Marleny at the hospital praying while others thousands of miles from Marleny prayed where they were. Marleny’s words were, “I trust completely in what God is doing in my life.
It is possible to never walk alone because God and his people walk with us.