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Waking Up Alone
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The highlight of my family's summer is going to our church's family camp. We love this camp for many reasons, but one reason is that all the parents watch out for each other’s kids. That provides a great deal of flexibility for the kids and comfort for the parents.

One day this summer a group of parents were sitting on the cabin porch talking and playing games. One of the mom’s from the cabin across the path from ours came over and asked if we’d keep our ears and eyes open for her daughter, Katy. Katy was napping, and her mother was scheduled to go to a ceramics class during the upcoming period. Her dad was working as the camp nurse. So we told her we would be glad to watch out for Katy.

About an hour later, Katy woke up and wandered out onto her porch. We heard her crying across the way, so my husband and I called out to her and hurried over to get her. As we were taking Katy down to where her mother was, we saw her mother on the horizon walking up the hill. When she saw her mother, Katy’s demeanor quickly changed. 

Only Person on the Planet
Seeing Katy on the porch crying because she woke up alone made me think about how many times in our lives we feel that way, too. There are days when we wake up and it seems as though we're the only person on the planet.  Sometimes we even feel alone when we’re with others. Being alone can be discouraging, even frightening, whether our isolation is real or imagined.

The Israelites felt that way more than once in their experience, but Moses had seen God’s deliverance enough times to trust that God would never turn His back on His faithful children. So when it was time for Joshua to take over, the 120-year-old Moses gave him these words of encouragement, words born from many years of experience walking with God:
"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).

The next time you find yourself feeling alone, remember Moses’ words to Joshua. They apply to you, too. Whether you're feeling alone in the middle of a crowd or in the solitude of your own room, the God of the Israelites is the God of today, and he is just as faithful today as he was then.

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