But now, this is what the Lord says—
He who created you, O Jacob
“Fear not, for I have redeemed
I have summoned you by
name; you are Mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
The Holy One of Israel, your
I have felt separated from God. I have felt forsaken. The waters swept over me. Burned. Ablaze. But looking back, I now see that the burn couldn’t touch the deepest places. It didn’t scar. The waters could not keep me down. He gave me oxygen while I was under even though I could not feel it.