“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’."
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
It should have been a peaceful spring day. Lately my life had felt anything but peaceful. I was stressed and worried as I stood in the sandy play area at my local church. God seemed far away from my problems, almost as if He’d just vanished when I need Him most.
"Debbie, I can't see you," my ten year old sister, Jessie said with panic in her voice. Jessie’s fear stopped me from contemplating my own problems and forced me to focus on her dilemma.
Jessie was perched at the top of the biggest slide in the park. At first, she'd liked the idea of sliding down this slide. Now that she was at the top, she wasn't so sure she wanted to go down.
This was a covered slide and had several steep curves. From the top where my sister sat, all she could see was darkness and she was frightened.
I knelt down in front of the slide so my voice would carry up to her, "Listen, this is where faith comes in. Sometimes we have to go into the darkness. I know you can't see me but you have to trust that I'm here just the same."
In a timid voice, Jessie asked, "You're there?"
"I’m right here," I said. "Now, come down. I won't go anywhere."
Just like Jessie, I’d been facing darkness and I felt abandoned. Instead of trusting God to catch me, I gave into fear.
For the first time, I wondered if perhaps God wanted me to walk in faith, trusting that He was there, even if I couldn’t see Him.
Are you facing a dark situation where it seems that God has forsaken you? It can be hard when we face a scary situation and we feel alone.
Our emotions don’t always tell the truth. Our emotions will say, “God has left you.” Yet God, who cannot lie, will never leave us. That’s one thing you can always count on.
Wherever you are, trust that God is still with you, even if you can’t see Him in your present darkness.
God, thank You that You give me the promise that You will never leave me. You are always faithful. Always here. I ask that You would remind me to trust You, even when You seem to far away. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ponder: Matthew 1:23, "Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means 'God is with us.’” (NLT)
Apply: Next time you feel like God isn’t near, pray and ask God to help you trust His word and not your fickle emotions.
Read: Rain on Me: Devotions of Hope and Encouragement for Difficult Times by Holley Gerth
Share: How can you trust God when He appears to have left you?
© 2010 by Debra Weiss. All rights reserved.
Debra lives outside of Charleston, SC. She enjoys journaling, road trips, good music, learning new things, lemon filled Krispy Kremes, and hanging out with friends and family. She loves worshiping God because when we worship God, we are acknowledging that He is Supreme Ruler of our lives. After growing up in a Christian home, at the age of 13, she decided to be an atheist. Yet God searches after each prodigal relentlessly. When she was 16, she rededicated her life to Jesus Christ and has been seeking Him ever since.