Why God have You abandoned me? Where God, have You gone? Questions I've heard too often throughout my journey in life. As a wife, mother, nurse and in many other roles, I've been blessed to encounter people and experiences leading me to conversations about God, faith, Jesus, trust, mercy and hope. While I may have been ministering to them, I was truly receiving something in return that is absolutely priceless.
I have discovered in life, sometimes the unexpected happens. I've been blessed by events in my life allowed by God and ultimately ends in growth towards Him. These moments have started off sad, confused, frustrated but have birthed amazing love, joy, children in heaven and children at my side, nearly 20 years of marriage and much, much more.
I've always said, God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I firmly believe that to be true. My trust in Him is endless. I know He allows, yes allows things to happen. He gives us His Grace to endure what He has allowed which causes us pain and uncertainty. In the end, as we trust and embrace Him, the blessings to follow are tremendous and with hope, our eternal reward will be in Heaven. And in some cases, we won't see His plan here on earth but will ultimately receive it in our last moments, through His Merciful judgment and our lasting days after this life.
So how does one handle those tough times when there is blurred vision from tears, shock or a lacking of faith? Many lean on their closest family members or friends. Sometimes the burden of unrest falls onto the children or an unsuspecting stranger. Nonetheless, God provides a way to release those feelings of hopelessness. And through the warm embraces of those present, slowly, hope arises. Through words or silence, Trust grows. And through it all, Love, ever present, multiplies.
In many situations, are natural tendencies of defensiveness, anger, frustration and grief, to name a few, shadows the pure love from God in those weak moments. We tend to feel abandoned by Him but also by those whom we are struggling to keep in our lifeboat. We forget that though we may be the primary person affected by the situation, all those in the lifeboat with us is experiencing secondary and tertiary experiences themselves. When we let go of each other, our ability to stay afloat and rise above gets tougher and tougher. It reminds me of God's Word to be fruitful and multiply. Not all people can multiply in children and generations but all people can be fruitful and multiply love, , generosity, courage, mercy, trust and Faith in God by sticking together and being there for one another.
So my message today is fight the urge to feel abandoned and replace it with the sight of all those around you, keeping you close at their side, close in their heart and close in prayer. We you realize the love around you, then you will find God does not abandon any of us, no matter what the situation and our feelings at the time. God is with us and when we think He is gone we see Him in those who are with us and whom we are helping.
Stay faithful my friends and grow always and in all ways with eyes, heart, mind and soul focused on God.