When I was about 4, maybe 5, my mom, brother and I were in the Kresge’s in town. It was the precursor to K-mart and sort of a department store or dime store type place. Well, we went through the toy department and I saw something I wanted, I seem to think it was a toy horse, but I can’t recall for certain, but I wanted it bad. I was told no, and in typical 4 year old fashion, I tried to throw a fit. AND….well, it didn’t work so well. I was so busy having a tantrum that I did not realize my mother and brother had gone. When I stopped acting a fool over the toy I looked and couldn’t see them. I was abandoned, LOST, all ALONE!!!!! Uh, OH, Here comes more tears and crying, but this time I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. So, I just stood there crying. A lady came by, seemed older than my Grandmother, had white hair and all. Asked me what was wrong. I told her I couldn’t find my mother. She tried to quiet me, no good, I kept bawling. Then, she said, “Well, can I buy you a toy?” WHAT???? Heck Yes she could, my tears slowed, I found something and we headed to the cash register. She explained to the cashier that I had gotten lost from my mother and asked her to call the manager to come help but she was going to buy my toy while we waited. Just as she was about to give the cashier the money, my mother showed up. Darn my bad luck. She then told the woman she had stepped around the corner when I threw a fit and was watching to see what I would do and then was going to come back around the corner. She was trying to scare me instead of spanking me for throwing a fit. (Yeah, parents could spank kids in public back then, and it happened to a lot of kids. Maybe me a time or two. lol)
Well, I got told never go with strangers, and all, she took the toy away, gave it to the cashier and then we finished up there, but I stayed close to her. Partly because she said I better, partly because I didn’t want to take a chance on getting lost again.
I felt alone and abandoned, though she was there, I didn’t know it. There have been other times I have had to deal with abandonment. It still creates a feeling of disparity and loneliness, heartache and pain.
BUT, there is GREAT NEWS! God will never leave us or forsake us. He will be RIGHT THERE with us as we go through life. No matter how bad or good, He is faithful and true.
(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deuteronomy 4:31
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
While others may abandon us, forsake us and break promises to us, God will not. He will absolutely NEVER leave us or forsake us as long as we serve Him.
Dear God, I worship You and thank You for always and forever being faithful and true to me, even at times I did not deserve it. That You didn’t forsake me at those times, despite that I had forsaken You. I thank You for the comfort of knowing that You will always be at my side, and all around me, protecting me from harm, giving me comfort when needed, teaching me Your way, showing me Your path. I pray You use me mightily and help me be who You want me to be as a vessel of Christ. Work in the hearts and minds of family, bring those who need it to salvation, draw us all closer. Work in our hearts and minds to better serve You.
Thanks for coming by today. Be as faithful and true as God. Bless others, and have a blessed day.