There is an image that haunts me to this day. It’s an image of a little girl almost six years old being left in the back seat with her younger siblings. It was late and very dark. She didn’t know where her momma was. She was gone for hours it seemed. She felt abandoned. She felt so alone.
For this little girl, and many like her, it would not be the last time she would feel the sting of abandonment. She would grow up without the feeling of being loved, protected or secure.
I wish I could tell you that for these children they eventually grow out of it, learn to trust, to feel safe and loved. Often though it’s just not the case. They will struggle most of their lives with feelings of not being worthy of love. They will be afraid to love anyone for fear that they too would leave and abandon them. Unless…
Unless they meet Jesus.
When they first meet Him it will be hard. They will want to trust. They will want to believe He really does love them. They will long to the very depths of their souls that in Him they will find a safe place. But they have hoped before and been let down by those they thought loved them.
Jesus is different. Jesus makes a promise, a covenant. They do not fully understand but begin to see that Jesus can be trusted. They begin to believe His word holds truth.
They learn to take comfort in Duet 31:8 “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
They learn to believe Jer 31:3 “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
And what about you? Have you felt abandon, unloved, insecure? Have you trusted people who have hurt you, left you or didn’t really love you?
If you belong to Jesus then you too can take comfort dear one that from “…everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him…” Ps. 103:17
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