Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, may I ask you a question today? When you’re touched by a sense of abandonment because there’s no one there to hold on to, do you feel that you never needed to trust more, move on faster and have greater faith? Does God mean for us to go it alone–just him and us, no one else? Should we cross the river alone.?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
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One of the strangest and more foreboding feelings I’ve experienced in life was when I was wheeled into surgery, alone on a gurney. Just moments before I had been holding Holly’s hand as they wheeled me down the hallway. I can still remember the lights zipping by overhead and being surrounded by white coats. It was surreal in a way but grounded at least in the fact that Holly was holding my hand. I looked up at her ever vigilant face and she smiled down at me, reassuring me that everything would be all right. I squeezed her hand harder and felt comforted. Not only was she my wife of thirty-five years, she herself was a nurse. For the moment I felt I could not have been in better hands. The white coats were a blur, but Holly was finely etched into my anxious mind as I neared the operating room. Suddenly, however, the door to the room was opening and Holly’s hand slipped away. The realization that she was no longer there by my side was sudden and shattering. Now I was alone; there was no one there to hold my hand any more. Even though the drugs were beginning to rob me of my senses, there was this brief moment of aloneness and fear. The thing I was readied for, the surgery, was apparent and there was no going back. I had to face it alone, as it was always meant to be.
All of us face crises in life that standout above the rest. You know the times; it’s when you feel the most alone, touched by a sense of being abandoned, you never needed to trust more, move on faster and have greater faith. We’re used to sharing these moments with a spouse or a friend, but there are times when God means for us to go it alone–just him and us, no one else. We’ve got to cross the river alone.
I ran across a handy list of crisis management tools that help at moments like this. 1) Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. (Pray in earnest.) 2) Look first, then act. (Pray with purpose.) 3) When you do act, act aggressively. (Pray first.) 4) Seek help. (In prayer.) 5) Don’t get locked on a detail. (Pray boldly in broad scope.) 6) No matter how bad things get, be truthful. (Pray from the heart.) 7) Look for the silver lining. (Pray in hope.) (Source unknown)
The prophet Elisha was a prophet in training. I’m sure that he had gone through challenges in his life prior to the moment that he had met his teacher, the prophet Elijah, but nothing like this. Elijah was the prophet of God for Israel and he was going home to be with the Lord. He left his cloak and staff behind for Elisha, but took away the one thing Elisha needed the most: himself. As Elijah left him and went into heaven, I am sure that Elisha was shaken to the core. It was crisis time. He was alone with a challenge unlike any he had or would probably ever experience in his lifetime. I am sure he prayed–in earnest, with purpose, before anything, seeking boldly God’s will for him from his heart. The future looked challenging, but he must live in hope. It was his time to cross the river alone. You and I are likewise to be challenged so in our lives. If there has not already been, there will be a time when you will not be holding hands with the one who has always been there for you. It’s the time God has reserved for you and for me to hold his hand alone. It’s at times like this we need to look for God and God alone. There will and must be no one else to cling to. We must cross the river alone.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for being there when no one else can be there for us but you. Forgive us, Lord, when we hesitate to pray, to seek you alone and trust in you with all our heart. Help us to be strong in crisis and rely on you when no one, not even the one we trust the most, is here to comfort us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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