Loneliness to Trust…..
Easter – What a triumphant holiday!! So much happens between Maundy Thursday and Sunday morning. So much had been prophesied from the Old Testament and it finally came true. So many years of anticipation and yet when Christ was crucified and rose again, it all happened as planned.
I often wonder how I would have reacted if I had lived in Jerusalem at that time. So much was going on, so much unrest and then to realize that what was happening, occurred just as it was supposed to. For those that know me well, know I do not do well with unrest and I like my life to be in order. However, that is not the way life happens and is a little unrealistic…..
But what does God have for us when we thought we had our lives all planned out? We had our dreams… We had hopes…… We had our lives all planned out. Seriously, didn’t we? I know I did and I don’t believe I am alone on that thought. God created us with all of our emotions and He definitely understands us. Even on the cross Jesus experienced loneliness and felt is Father had forsaken Him. Matthew 27:46b reads: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
I must admit I thought that way when Dan died. What was God thinking and what did he have planned for my life? Oh how lonely did I feel, and at what point did I realize we needed help. Becoming a widow, was like feeling our lives were uprooted!
Where is God in this and how can I rely on Him? Isaiah 41:10 reads: Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. That is easier said than done but know that God is there for you as you call out to Him.
As we take each new step and put our trust in God, we will soon learn that God is helping as He promised. In Hebrews 13:5 reads: I will never leave you or forsake you. Remember, as we draw nearer to God, He will draw near to us.
Perhaps you may know someone else who seems lonely. May I make a couple of suggestions as you try to put one foot in front of the other?
· Send someone you know a note letting them know you are thinking of them.
· Pick up the phone and check up on someone you haven’t seen or heard from in a while.
· Invite someone over for coffee.
· Or just a simple gesture of holding a door for someone will put a smile on their face.
I totally understand that your world has been turned upside down. However, by helping others with acts of kindness, also helps us in return. And remember – God has never left your side. He is there for you always!
My prayer is that you feel God’s arms wrapped around you. Blessings to each of you as you walk this journey.