His Presence in Trouble

Karen Hoffman

READ : Daniel 3:4-29


What do Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego have in common with my 12 year old nephew, and what do they all have in common with the patients I care for in the cancer unit?

Last summer, my nephew collided with another cyclist while riding his bicycle, fractured his skull. He spent two nights in intensive care, but, thanks to God, is completely recovered. But there are some other details. At the time of the accident, it had only been weeks since his Dad had his second surgery for a malignant brain tumor. After the bike accident, as Josh lay bleeding and unconscious, the first car that arrived contained two paramedics who administered first aid and radioed for an ambulance.

When I heard the story, I praised God that Josh is okay and knew that is was providential that the first car contained paramedics. But I wondered, “If God can send the paramedics, why didn’t He just prevent the accident? I pondered this and concluded that I needed the reminder that God doesn’t always keep us out of trouble, but He’s there with us in our trouble. That’s why I chose the story of Shadrach and friends. God could have kept them out of the furnace, but instead He protected them in it. What furnaces have you been in lately – illness, injury or some other painful circumstance?


Dear Lord, whatever difficulty we are in, help us to know Your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.