2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
We’ve all watched movies where the hero is blindfolded, thrown into the trunk of a car, driven out into the middle of the wilderness and dumped on the side of the road. Alone. Left to die. No hope in sight. No one knows where you are. How will you ever be able to break free and find your way home? Life can feel like we are that hero dumped on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. We don’t know where we are anymore. The rules have changed. We’re alone. We feel abandoned. What do we do now? Some people simply close in on themselves and curl up in a ball and don’t even try to escape. It’s easier that way than trying to muster up the courage to tell someone we feel abandoned. But is it easier that way? I don’t think so. It’s only in reaching out that we can find hope again. Yes, we are risking being turned down and still feel abandoned, but you may find someone who really cares if you reach out. God, also, will never abandon you. He knows you’re in the trunk of that car and can lift you up and place you in the midst of people who really do care.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.