We must remember that on this journey of life, we are never alone, though it often seems that way. We do not perceive life clearly when we are focused on the world around us. Instead of hearing God’s truth for our lives, we hear the world’s lies. We stumble and fall and conclude that God has abandoned us. Why else would we feel alone?
“Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” – Psalm 10:1, ESV
Then the pity party begins! Don’t we all love to host a selfish soiree?! If pity party planning was a real career, I would be retired to an island at the ripe age of 34!!
Take heart, ladies! We know that every grand event always has a PARTY CRASHER! Something or someone reminds us that we are not alone, that we do have a God that loves us. That little glimmer of hope gives us the strength we need to refocus and to remember that God is there. He always has been and always will be.
“And now, O LORD, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” – Psalm 39:7, ESV
“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” – Deuteronomy 31:8, ESV
We only see what we gaze our eyes upon. Of course we surmise that God has abandoned us when we take our eyes off Him and focus on the world. I assure you that God is present. We must look up and not down, toward Him and not all around. If you cannot see through your tears, do not worry! Speak His name, and He will hear.
“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:17-18, ESV
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” – Psalm 119:18, KJV
We are human. The world distracts us, and we take our eyes off God. Know that pity parties will happen, and be a smart party planner! Sometimes we just need to cry. Let your tears be therapeutic and releasing, but do not allow the self-pity soiree to last all day!
It is in my feeling of destitution that I find God is closest to me. In my life, I have felt His presence most tangible and near in times of weakness, sadness, and despair.
I keep verses posted all over my house and several easily found in my phone for the sometimes unavoidable surprise pity party that arrives. I also try not to party alone! When I am feeling down, I call a friend to help me crash my own party! A dear friendship is a blessing soaked in God’s love that always reminds me that I am never journeying alone.
ESV = English Standard Version Bible, KJV = King James Version Bible