20th day of Lent
How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
Sometimes we all feel like Jan Brady. You know, the middle daughter on The Brady Bunch who is famed for saying, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” (Of course, that only happened one time on the show.) But Jan seemed to frequently feel like the odd girl out, forgotten not only by other kids but by her siblings and parents.
On the show, of course, Mike and Carol Brady were incredibly loving parents, and always managed to make sure each of their children remembered that they were not only loved, but just as much as the other children, and in a special way. It seemed corny on the show, but it worked. And as corny as it was, it’s a very good picture of our Father’s love for us.
At some point, each of us has cried out to God, wondering if He’s heard our prayers. At those points, it seems like he’s in the business of answering other people’s prayers, but has turned a deaf ear to ours. Even though our faith tells us to keep trusting God, our weary hearts can lead us in a different direction.
It’s really OK to start out with David’s cry in Psalm 13:1 as your cry: “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?” But that journey eventually leads to David’s conclusion in Psalm 13:5: “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.” If we hold on to the Lord, His eternal love will shine through and we will discover that we’ve never been forgotten.
Today, if you’re feeling a little distant from the Lord, cry out to Him with all of your heart. Pray that He will reveal Himself to you in a fresh and special way, and that He will lead you to a place where you can clearly see His hand in your life.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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