Something that I have struggled with kind of all of my life, but most especially the past 12 years is being afraid of being abandoned by those who are never supposed to abandon me. You see, I have been abandoned by 2 parents, one through his direct (extremely abusive) actions that led to a very nasty divorce and my mom taking my brother and I and moving to another state and not letting anyone know where we had moved (this was done out of fear). And then many many years later my mom simply walked out of my, my husbands and my childrens’ lives without a word. Still don’t know what caused it, but the Lord has wonderfully and beautifully healed me. BUT I still sometimes struggle with the fear of being abandoned by my family. It is those times that I cling to God’s promises that He will NEVER leave me nor forsake me. I have known for years about this promise in the New Testament, but was blessed beyond measure to find it in the old testament this morning!
Isaiah 49:13-16 Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. Yet Jerusalem says, “The LORD has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would no forget you! See I have written your name on the palms of My hands. Always in My mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins.
I was blessed to find this gem this morning…..I have read Isaiah dozens of times before, but never really noticed this passage before. God is so faithful to show me these things just when I need them! THANK YOU LORD!