“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Sarah was a cheerful, pleasant, person, who worked hard to communicate in a culture that was quite foreign to her. She read books to learn the language, watched TV to study the vernacular. She hired out to families, taking care of babies as a newborn-nurse.
This young woman had put all her trust and all her hope in the man she married. She looked to him for her every need. However there were long hours, long nights, long weeks away from her new husband. She was far away from family, friends, and almost anything familiar.
Things seemed as if they were going OK. Then they found her, nearly dead….an attempted suicide with drugs and alcohol.
What really nearly killed her was disillusionment. Her trust and hope had been crushed beyond anything she could cope with. She had made her husband the ‘everything’ in her life; when he left her for someone else her great giant hope for happiness crumbled.
People are just people; not perfect and not God. Sooner or later people will say or do something that doesn’t meet our expectations and we will be disappointed. There is only One Hope that will never, ever fail us. We can count on Him. Putting all our eggs in one basket will work only when the basket is the Lord. There will never be a problem with Him not meeting our standards or disappointing us. Jesus is, and will always be, there to trust and lean on.
It’s a promise, and that is good news.
Sally Ireland Kennedy is the author of Irish Thursdays: More Little Parables, Words from the Heart, and 52 Little Parables from Ireland. She is a songwriter and the creator of Poppy the Penguin® preschool music video series. Sally lives in south Florida, with her husband Ben.