Last summer my husband and I hosted a concert and fundraiser for childhood cancer research. We planned to have the event in our large garden, but weather forecasts were dismal. A few hours before the event, we began calling our 100+ guests to inform them of a change in venue. As our friends and family began quickly moving food, decorations and equipment from our house to our church hall, our daughter Rosie took a moment to give her dad a hug and remind him on behalf of the children and grandchildren that they were there for him: “Don’t worry, Dad! We’ve got your back.”

Hearing that expression is comforting because it reminds us that we’re not on our own. Someone is saying, “I’m here. I’ll take care of whatever you might miss. I’ll be a second set of eyes and hands for you.”

As the Israelites were escaping a life of slavery, Pharaoh sent his army of chariots and horsemen to give chase (Ex. 14:17). But “the Angel of God . . . and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them” (v.19). In this way God hid and protected them throughout the night. The next day He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross over.

God also tells us not to worry. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).

If God is for us, who can be against us?


Cindy Hess Kasper


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