My heart breaks every time I think of Christ’s lament from the cross:
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27.46 NIV
Because there is nothing quite so painful as the sense of being abandoned by someone you love and trust. To understand the extent of Christ’s pain, we need to remember that He had often pointed out his unique close relationship to God the Father – “I and the Father are one.” (John 10.30)
Do you sometimes feel left behind or forgotten as the entire world seems to have gone into hibernation during this pandemic?
The pain of feeling deserted when all his closest friends fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane was already painful for Jesus. Now, even God appeared to be silent and far away.
No Father. No answers. Only silence.
Have you also cried out, “Where are you God?”
Your life seems overwhelming. The future is uncertain. Troubles are many and friends are few. Your body aches and your heart hurts. Perhaps in your tears, there aren’t even words, just a whimper.
God hears. God sees. He is not absent from your suffering.
It is His strength that will enable you to hang on and persevere through the pain and loneliness. It is His presence that reminds you of promises to never leave you. And it is His power, through the Holy Spirit, that will restore your life.
Even Jesus entered deep despair, but there was resurrection.
This time is only for a season. Trust the One who will lift you into new life.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
This blog is an adaptation from one of my 30 devotions featured in a beautiful new journal “Where Are You God — Learning to Trust When Times are Tough” This is a beautiful 365 day leather flex journal which you can order HERE.
©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell
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