Even when it feels as though God has stepped away for a minute, God never leaves us. He promises. And He keeps His promises. Priscilla shares. . .
“Be strong and courageous. . . for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
What a great reminder for us! Even through the times it seems God is “keeping His distance” –which can feel so stark and lonely when dealing with chronic pain and illness, God never leaves us. I say “seems” and not “is” because of this wonderful verse.
Recounting God’s loving ways is one way I remember that He is with me, no matter what I am feeling.
One of the many blessings of my life was the closeness my grandmother and I shared. Luckily, for most of my adult life, we lived near each other. When she died at age 85, I called my childhood friend who had known her. Sympathizing with me, she said that when I needed them most: I would remember her pearls of wisdom, her sayings. The first time that happened, I thanked God.
Years later, during a long and overly ambitious fibromyalgia flare, I was missing both my grandmothers. Feeling sad and ill, God ministered to me in a wonderful way. Looking for something in a closet, I found a box I had forgotten about. Inside was a letter from each grandmother!
One, the first letter my grandmother, a nurse, wrote after my first child was born, giving me great advice: “Don’t take anybody’s advice except the doctor’s!” I could just see her pointing her finger at me as she was saying it, which made me smile.
The other letter, from my nearby grandmother included the story of how she acquired a lamp in 1933, that I inherited. No one in the family knew it’s history. It was a very funny story and I laughed and laughed.
I felt so comforted. God did this for me, just because He loves me. Finding those letters was a gift; recalling that day is a special memory. God never will leave you.
So when you have times that God seems distant, take time to remember those instances of Him working in your life, either directly or through others. Those remembrances will bless you and sustain you. He has been faithful through your physical and emotional pain; He will never abandon you. (Joshua 1:9)
Prayer: Lord, when I am tempted to base my reality on my feelings, remind me to look for you–even in the little ways. Your Word tells me that you will never leave me, and I am putting my trust in that. Amen.
About the author:
Priscilla Ervin lives in Arlington, Texas and deals with chronic Epstein Barr, Fibromyalgia and other health issues. Her greatest joy now is being a grandmother.
Have you ever felt as though God has forgot you, despite the promises in the Word that God never leaves us? What do you do, or how do you re-work your attitude, to remember just because you cannot feel Him, does not mean He is absent?
This song, “Light Up The Sky” by The Afters has lyrics that will move you today. God never will leave you and His faithfulness is there, just like the sun lights up the sky every day. (This is the official video and there is even a “patient” example.)