Those were the lonely days, the days when friends were scarce and I was unable to leave my home. Isolation built a wall around me. I didn’t think I could take one more blow.
But, it came anyway.
An acquaintance from church called to see how I was doing. I was honest—after all, she asked—and told her the truth: I needed help. My house is a wreck. The toilets haven’t been cleaned in ages. My carpets needed vacuumed. Laundry was piled up.
After a long pause she said, “I was thinking about meals. No one wants to clean somebody else’s toilets, much less their own.”
I fought hard not to become embittered by her remark, which revealed her true character. to this day, it brings tears to my eyes as I recall the sting of her words.
I’m reminded of the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the friends that abandoned him during his imprisonment,
“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.May it not be held against them.” 2 Timothy 4:16
Paul was on trial for his very life, yet his friends failed him.
Yet, the very next verse declares Paul’s victory:
“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength…” 2 Timothy 4:17-18
Even in our darkest hours, the children of God are not alone. The Lord stands by our sides and gives us strength. When all others have failed, we have certain confidence that the Lord is with us.
Just this morning I read the powerful words of Jeremiah 20:11,
“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior. . .”
If everyone else has deserted you, remember you are guarded by the Lord, the mighty warrior, who promises never to leave you nor abandon you.
TAKE COURAGE IN THE LORD!
Carrie Cooper @ comfortedbyGod.blogspot.com