by Cindi McMenamin @CindiMcMenamin
I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8, NASB
I sat down on the floor of my office and cried. My inner circle around me was falling apart. And I felt so alone.
My assistant in ministry and close friend for the past two years had just informed me that she had to step down from her position in order to take care of priorities at home. I understood her reasons. I wanted to be supportive. But all I could think about was losing her. She would no longer be there to help me. No longer be there to be my sounding board, my prayer support, my “other half” in a very real sense.
I felt like I was losing my right hand.
Hours earlier, I had spoken to a large group of women about the seasons of our lives in which we need to be pruned. I talked about how rose bushes need to be pruned. They look choppy after the pruning, but come spring, the roses come back brighter and more beautiful than ever before.
But here I was, being pruned in my own life, and feeling like I was losing my right hand!
“God, this doesn’t feel like pruning,” I prayed. “This feels like my right hand is being chopped off!”
Desperate for His presence and His comfort, I turned to the Psalms. I read Psalm 16 aloud and stopped suddenly at verse 8.
“…because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
“Lord,” I prayed, “I’m complaining that I’ve lost my right hand, but You are the One who is truly at my right hand. You are the One who helps me, counsels me, encourages me. You are the One who never leaves my side.
“Oh God, I’m so sorry I didn’t see it before. You truly are my Right-hand Man.”
As I read through the rest of the Psalm, I smiled at how it ended: “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever” (verse 11, NASB emphasis added).
God was telling me in my moment of fear and anxiety that not only was I never alone, but I never would be. And with my God at my right hand, there is abundant joy in His presence and pleasures forever. He was making it clear to me that there’s no one else I would rather have at my right hand.
I got up off the floor, walked out of the room with my Bible in one hand, my head held high, and my Right-hand Man at my side.
Thank You, Lord, for the reminder in Your Word that I never walk alone. You are always at my side.
About the author: Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning writer and national speaker who helps women strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 16 books including her best-selling titles When Women Walk Alone (more than 130,000 copies sold), When God Sees Your Tears, and God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart. For more on her books and resources to improve your walk with God, your marriage, or your parenting, or for a free consultation to see if she can help you write your book, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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Join the conversation: Pruning can be an uncomfortable process. Have you ever felt the Lord was pruning you? Did a time of growth follow?