You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. (Psalm 139:5, NIV)
Have you ever felt alone? I mean completely alone. Abandoned. Lost. Forlorn. I know that the isolating feelings that comes from facing my challenges sometimes leaves me feeling as if I am in the depths of some tremendous void. I have felt that no one understands. I have felt left behind as family and friends can go and do things I cannot. Their lives are moving forward. Mine is, at best, at a standstill. That leaves me feeling completely and utterly alone and often misunderstood.
I have had misguided folks tell me I need to look for sin in my life. I have had others say that I simply don't have enough faith. To be honest, those types of comments make me want to run and hide.
Then I read a verse like this one. God has me enclosed. He is in front of me. He is behind me. He has His hand on me. I may feel as if I am alone and lost, but God tells me that He is always with me â and not only with me â but surrounding me, enclosing me, holding me. I cannot get away from Him, even if I tried.
The Psalm continues:
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. (Vs. 7-10)
Oh, dear reader, how I need these words. I need to know God is not only "out there" somewhere â but that He is here â now â holding me, loving me, protecting me. Ever present. He offers that to You, as well.
Prayer: Father God, I praise You that You are an ever present help. That in good times, in bad times, and in the in-between times: You are here. I fervently pray, Lord, that each person looking upon these words, will look to You for all you have to give us when we abandon ourselves to You. Amen