"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
~ Hebrews 13: 5
In today's world we all know a little something about being, or feeling, abandoned.
It seems that it has become part of the human condition. We begin conversations via a text, and then find it excusable when the other party stops responding without even so much as a, "talk to you later," or, "I have to go now."
It's acceptable behavior, and it has become the expected end to a conversation between two people.
What is it about our inability to complete a conversation? Even in the time of Jesus there were times when he felt abandoned. Not just because there seemed to be issues communicating with the disciples, but even in their actions.
One of the hardest He asks the disciples to remain alert in the garden while he goes off to pray, only to return and find them sleeping.
The disciples get tossed about by the storm and feel abandoned when Jesus doesn't awake until they find they are fearful of drowning.
Time and time again the disciples and Jesus tend to have their moments!
The real question is how do we overcome such feelings?
Understanding the feeling of abandonment and how we react to the feeling can have lasting effects. Realizing that with God, the presence is real and always, will help to bring peace to us when we feel like we have been left out.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.