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I Will Take Care of You

I believe that God speaks to us in different ways. For me, it is often through music, through the reading of the Bible or through a conversation with a friend or stranger. It most certainly is not through an audibly discernable voice. Unless you count that one time…

I was in my car driving home from work and crying. You see I had just finalized a decision that would change, perhaps forever, the course of my life. I had committed to attend graduate school at a well-known and prestigious health sciences institute. But this institute just happened to be on the other side of the country. As much as I believed that going to this particular school was God’s will, I was still terrified at the mere thought of being far from my family, my friends and everything that I knew and loved. So I did what I do best when I’m afraid; I started to cry. But I also began to pray and to beg God to let me know that the decision I was taking was in line with his will for me. That’s when I heard it.

“Go and I will take care of you.”

I stopped crying. First because of the shock of having actually heard a voice that I was certain was from God and second because of a sense of overwhelming peace.

As if that wasn’t enough of a confirmation, a few months after my decision was finalized, two of my very best friends felt the call to make a change in their lives too, and the three of us embarked on a road trip across the country to our new home in California.

California has been my home for the past five years. I’ve had some of the hardest experiences of my life while living here. But I’ve also had some of the most amazing and life altering experiences. Chief of which was that while living here I met the God that I thought I had all figured out. And through every single up and down the promise I undeniably heard five years ago was kept. God has taken care of me every step of the way.

Today I received an e-mail informing me that I matched for a coveted internship and will be moving back to the east coast. Once again, I’m going to uproot my life and leave behind the things that I love and the security that I’ve found. But today, I don’t cry and I don’t ask questions because I know exactly what the answer is going to be.

“Go and I will take care of you.”

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV).

Jael Amador writes from New York City.

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Jael Amador

writes from New York, New York.

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