Sir Ernest Shackleton, when in the Antarctic with two companions, spoke of the tremendous loneliness and the feeling of severance from the world. But as they took some of their long treks over the ice, he said he realized the presence of a fourth Person with them, invisible yet real. The Lord Jesus Himself was their Companion.
(Dan. 3. 25; Matt. 28. 20; 2 Tim. 4. 17)
In 1896, Glasgow University conferred on Dr. David Livingstone the degree of Doctor of Laws. He rose to speak and was received in respectful silence. Gaunt, haggard as a result of hardships in tropical Africa, his left arm, crushed by a lion, hanging helplessly at his side, he announced his resolve to return to Africa, without misgiving and with great gladness. He added, 'Would you like me to tell you what supported me through all the years of exile among a people whose language I could not understand, and whose attitude toward me was always uncertain and often hostile? It was this, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world". On these words I staked everything, and they never failed.' He had the companionship of the Son of God.—Dr. F. W. Boreham
(Matt. 28. 20)
Where no spot nor stain can enter nor the gold be dim,
In that holiness unsullied I shall walk with Him.
Meet companion then for Jesus, for Him, from Him made,
Glory of God's grace for ever there in me displayed.
He Who in the hour of sorrow bore the curse alone,
I who through the lonely desert trod where He had gone—
He and I in that bright glory one deep joy shall share,
Mine to be for ever with Him, His that I am there.—P.G. in Hymns of Ter Stegen and others
(Rev. 3. 4; 21. 9)
I'll walk beside you on the world's highway:
Your darkest night shall be as brightest day.
With my right hand to guide you, never fear,
For to thy Saviour's heart thou art most dear.
I'll stay beside you in the battle's strife:
'Tis I Who brought your soul from death to life.
In peace and quiet or amid the din,
Be guided by my still, small voice within.
I'll watch beside you when death's hour is near:
My constant presence shall dispel all fear.
Lean hard upon me, trusting in my love;
I'll bear thee upward to the realms above.
There'll come a happy time when wars shall cease
And nations dwell in harmony and peace.
We'll meet our loved ones: what a day 'twill be
When God Himself gives glorious liberty!—Mrs. Henderson, formerly of Sankeshwar, India
(Exod. 3. 12; 2 Tim. 4. 17)