My younger daughter is away from her boyfriend this summer. He is serving at camp in New England while she is at camp in North Carolina. There are many miles between them (which is a good thing, though they don’t like it!).
It’s made me remember when my husband and I were dating and had miles between us. We did whatever was necessary to eliminate the miles! One time he drove to KY after I’d been home only a couple of days visiting my family. He then traveled to Michigan with us to see my grandfather. Knowing that even more miles would separate us was an awful thought, and we did what we could to be together! Being separated from one you love is rough business!
Have you ever felt that the Lord was very far away? That’s worse than feeling distant from any person. In Psalm 13:1 the psalmist said, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” He was wondering if God had just plain forgotten him, and he wondered why he couldn’t see His face. However, an omniscient God can never forget and an omnipresent God can never be removed from us!
In verse two he said that he has sorrow in his heart daily. Do you feel that way right now? Does it seem like every day you wake up and that sorrow is staring you in the face? Have you discovered the happy device by which you can escape trouble? The answer is in verses five and six. “But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” The mercy seat refreshes the weeper. Remembering that fact that God took care of the greatest trouble a soul can face – eternal damnation in hell, reminds me that He is able to take care of every other need that comes into my life. He has truly dealt bountifully with us!
Joys remembered sweeten present sorrows. Remember what the Lord has done for you. Has he saved you? Has He answered prayers in the past? Has He comforted you in other trials? Has He worked in the hearts of those you’ve prayed for in earlier days? Let those joys sweeten your present sorrow and encourage your heart! God hasn’t forgotten you and He is very near.