Do you ever find yourself in a place where you know God promises to see you thru but you do not sense Him being nearby? You feel so alone that you wonder if God is even close by? How am I suppose to believe God is there each step of the way?
There are so many scriptures both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament which give us assurance that God is with us each step of the way. Deuteronomy 31:6 reads: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. If we go to John 14:27 it reads: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
When we are living alone as widows, where is God during these times? He promises over and over that he will never leave us! But do you believe it? We often need to look back before we are able to look forward.
With this season of Easter, I often wonder how Jesus felt! How often was he persecuted, rejected or betrayed?! I’m not saying we are in the same boat as Jesus. However, when our life has changed to the extent we feel alone, we are able to rely on how he leaned on God to help Him with what he was going through. Isaiah 49:23 reads: She who trusts in the Lord will never be disappointed.
There is so much hope knowing He is with us each step of the way. The book of Psalms has so many promises regarding this. Psalms 147:3 reads: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He promises to be there for us along the way. To me that is amazing! Does that mean I do not struggle along the way? Absolutely not! But the promises are there in the Bible!
This has certainly been a tough year with what we have gone through but to add a loss or several losses, it may have made your year even seem longer. What have you found to help you through this year? Is there anything you can share that can be shared with others to help along the way? Everyone’s journey is a little different and we all handle our journey somewhat differently.
Some of us extroverts, others are introverts and yet others all in between and just do not know where to turn when going along this journey. Many times, it is the first time we have lost someone close or we do not have someone close to us to talk with. If this is you, I urge you to reach out to someone. If you have gone down this path, and know someone who could use an ear, please reach out to them.
Remember God cares for each of us – ALWAYS! 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to: Cast all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you! Christ truly does care for each of us no matter what we are going through.
Life is not perfect and never promises to be perfect! And it will not be until we reach heaven! In talking with many of you, the one thing I have noticed is, watching you go through the first year or two of healing. You often are wondering if you will ever feel ‘normal’ again! Within that first year, I have noticed you are holding the hand of a new widow and helping her through this journey!
Please let us know if we can talk to you, pray with you or for you. Blessings to each of you! God has his arms wrapped around you!