Danny’s job requires some strange hours on occasion. This morning he was gone at 1 am. Although I don’t do well with him gone in the night, especially when there’s a storm rolling through, I do know he will be back. He has no problem with it though. So, I waved good-bye, locked the house up and went back to bed.
Not everyone in my life has left with the intent of returning. Both parents left earth before I was 40. My sister as well. Along the way there have been people who left just because. While I did get to say good-bye to my precious parents and sister, there aren’t always opportunities for good-byes.
We want guarantees in life, don’t we? I want to know that Danny will be back. He wants to know I will be here when he returns this afternoon.
Oh beloved, listen. You can’t change how things have gone. You can’t change who comes and who goes in your life. But you can know something this morning that will keep you at peace and give you rest when you are alone or lonely – God will never leave you or forsake you. Life gives zero guarantees of anything. But God gives absolutely guarantees of Himself. You aren’t the sum of the good-byes you have been through, nor are you the sum of the loneliness you may feel at times. It’s true that while you are here and they are with you – it’s time to make sure you say your hellos so well you won’t regret the good byes. But you can’t predict or prevent life’s changes.
God wants you to know He is here for you no matter what. He will lift you out of sorrow, carry you through mourning, walk you into the unknown future, all the time saying I love you, I am for you, My hand is on you. He says don’t be afraid or get terrified by the storms you encounter or the good-byes you don’t want. You are more than a birthdate or a DNA ribbon. You belong to the Lord and He has plans for every day of your life. Not one is useless, even when you feel oh so hopeless. Feelings aren’t your barometer, God’s Word is.
Whatever you are facing this day you don’t have to face it alone. You don’t have to give up, give in or fall apart.
God loves you and He’s for you. Take time to read His Word as your necessary nutrition, for apart from that Word you are going to faint, grow weak, weary and sad. But as you ingest His Word, and speak with the Father about all your needs – including loneliness – He will lift you out of the pit and release you to higher worship, greater praise and fresh anointing. Thank Him this morning for all He has for you and all He is to you – as you live in the Truth and walk in His love.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
Psalm 36:7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Acts 2:25-26 “For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN. ‘THEREFORE MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;”