Last night, while turning off the lights and preparing to go to bed, my eye was drawn to something in the backyard. As I took a closer look, it was my raccoon friend from summer, and she wasn't alone. After wondering what may have happened to her over the past couple of months, I began to quickly see why she had been missing; for she had been having babies.
As I watched the little ones climbing the tree, I quietly called my husband to the patio door…and from there, he began to help me throw a little something out the door for them to eat…and while I was talking with Keith, I noticed that she had remembered my voice, because she looked up and began to come a little closer. Later, after closing the door, I went back into the office and dimmed the lights…and just sat there on the daybed…watching my friend enjoy some special moments with her two babies.
As I'm sitting here this morning…thinking on all that I was able to see and enjoy last night, I've also been thinking on times, when I felt as though God had abandoned me. It seemed that as I was just enjoying something new in my life…the skies began to darken, as a storm was now being seen on the horizon. At times…moments such as these made me wonder where God was. There were long days and nights, when I felt alone; but through time, I came to see that this was due to the storm I was experiencing. It seemed as if the darkened skies were now attempting to keep my eyes away from a presence that I so desperately needed.
Just at a time, when I felt as though I could not weather the storm any longer, a glimpse of light shown through the darkness and reminded me of something in John 14:18, which reads… "No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm—I will come to you." (TLB)
As I look back on this time in my life…I will never forget what I felt and what I had experienced at the time; for in my mind's eye…the sky had blackened as dark as night and the sea around me was so troublesome, as each wave attempted to overtake me. As I began to weather the storm alone, I started to once more see the One that I had thought abandoned me…come even closer to me, and from there, He held me close and never let go, until the storm had passed by.
Right now, I'm thinking on how you must also feel abandoned at times, while facing your own storm. As the skies darken and the winds of circumstance begin to toss you around…you must also experience moments when you feel alone and abandoned by everyone around you…and even God. As you watch the storm increase with strength…I'm sure that just like me, you can feel as if God has walked away from you, while making you feel, as if He has left you in a storm that just may destroy you. I'm sure that times such as these can bring you low and fearful of every moment you're experiencing; but you must also remember the words of John 14:18…and know that God will never abandon you or leave us as orphans in the storm…for He will come to you, just as He did for me.
As I close this letter to you today, I pray that you will be encouraged…and know in your heart that God is still there. You see…it's just the dark clouds that are attempting to block your view of Him right now; but one thing I can say for sure; is that when you look for Him, even while facing the fiercest storm…He will come to you and He will wait out the storm with you, just as He did for me.
Well…I hope that you were encouraged by each word written today…and I sure hope that you will have a very blessed weekend…and that you will return on Monday, as I will have another letter of encouragement waiting here just for you!
Take good care and may God truly bless your heart with His very best!
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