On a still evening not long ago, a thunderstorm erupted before me as I drove home from school. Pitch black were my surroundings, the only light being that of my car’s headlights. Lightening flashed repeatedly, splaying across the rumbling sky, and thunder roared menacingly. I’ll admit that I was scared, but I knew I had to keep going in order to reach the safety of my home.
I’m reminded of an event from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Having just discovered that he must die to save his friends and allies, Harry headed into the Forbidden Forest to allow his archenemy, Lord Voldemort, to take his life. He was terrified, but he moved forward anyway.
Just before Harry reached Voldemort, he used a powerful and magical device called the Resurrection Stone to speak to several deceased loved ones, including his mother (Lily), his father (James), his godfather (Sirius), and his teacher (Lupin). Read some of their conversation below:
A chilly breeze that seemed to emanate from the heart of the forest lifted the hair at Harry’s brow. He knew that they would not tell him to go, that it would have to be his decision.
“You’ll stay with me?”
“Until the very end,” said James.
“They won’t be able to see you?” asked Harry.
“We are part of you,” said Sirius. “Invisible to anyone else.”
Harry looked at his mother.
“Stay close to me,” he said quietly.
And he set off. The dementors’ chill did not overcome him; he passed through it with his companions, and they acted like Patronuses to him, and together they marched through the old trees that grew closely together, their branches tangled, their roots gnarled and twisted underfoot…Beside him, making scarcely a sound, walked James, Sirius, Lupin, and Lily, and their presence was his courage, and the reason he was able to keep putting one foot in front of the other.*
After talking to those he loved, Harry felt reassured and comforted. He relied on them, and they protected him, and it is clear that they were the only reason he reached his goal.
When I was driving through that storm, I was scared, so I talked to God. I told him I was worried and asked him for help, and I became less afraid. God comforted and protected me, and I soon arrived safely home.
When you drive through storms—whether they be treacherous or mild—remember that you are not alone. Remember that when you talk to God, telling him about your worries and asking for help, he will comfort and protect you. He may not dispel the storm, but he will never leave you, as proven through Scripture.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
(Deuteronomy 31: 6)
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Word of advice, though—don’t rely on yourself, because, in some situations, God may be the only reason you make it. Trust me on that. I’m a prideful and independent person, and I tend to lean on my own strength. With that being said, it’s not hard to guess how often I fail, or how often God has to remind me to lean on him. I may never learn, and I will mess up a lot, but that’s okay, because he is always going to stick with me. And, brother or sister, he’s going to stick with you.
You’re going to drive through storms, if you haven’t already, and many of them will be fierce. Just remember this—his plans for you may let you down, but he will never let you go. He will stay with you—until the very end.