Some of the worst places to be are: left out, overlooked and feeling abandoned.
We’ve all been there right? Maybe you weren’t chosen to participate in a special project at work and you looked on as others were chosen and acknowledged. Or perhaps your circle of friends planned an activity and somehow forgot to include you. You look around and see everyone involved in something and you feel like the fish in the fishbowl; Able to see everything, but you’re not a part of anything.
Well, you are NOT alone. I’ve been there and it’s not a place we’d normally choose to be. But what I’ve learned is that God sometimes allows us to be set apart from others, so he can have us to himself. It took me a while to understand this concept. But during one of those times, I decided that worship would be the company I keep. I would transform my atmosphere and not focus on who wasn’t there, but focus on WHO IS THERE.
God has never left us. We leave him to focus on so many other things, while he waits patiently for us to return to the only place we can truly be revived – In HIS presence. In Joshua 1, God reassures Joshua 3 times that he would be with him wherever he went. He admonished him in verse 9 to ‘Be Strong and of good courage and be not afraid’. Joshua was up against a huge task of leading Israel after Moses’ death. You can imagine the people who had a lot to say and already fixed in their hearts and minds not to support him. Even Jesus felt abandoned as he hung on the cross for a sinful world, crying out to his father, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’. If Jesus felt alone and left out, why would we think we’d never experience this?
I encourage you to cry out to the Lord. He is there waiting for your return, listening to your prayers. Take advantage of the blessing of being excluded; this gives you the perfect opportunity to sit at His feet and be reignited and rejuvenated. Stop looking for ways to feed your flesh and allow Him to feed your spirit. Read your bible. Turn on your favorite worship music. Or just be still and bask in His presence. He will let you know he’s there. “You make known to me the path of life; In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore” Psalm 16:11
I’m praying for you and Love you!