“Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.”
Genesis 32:24-32 NKJV
Life doesn’t leave us mark free. Especially now. We’re wrestling through a civil rights movement, a global pandemic, and a year filled with the most unexpected events.
But God doesn’t leave us alone, even when we feel like we’re at the bottom. He’s there to wrestle with us, just as God wrestled with Jacob. God is a personal God. He meets with us in the midst of the pandemic, in the midst of job loss, in the midst of death. He’s there to help us stay afloat as we navigate these waters.
Prayer: God, remind me in the midst of these overwhelming times, that you walk alongside me. Thank you for keeping me afloat.