Deuteronomy 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
I was scrolling through on Facebook and saw a rather funny post. The New York Public Library shared some old inquiries that they received dating all the way back to the 1940s. Some were incredibly funny.
- Are women mammals?
- How many buildings are in the shape of vegetables?
- Are black widow spiders better off dead or alive? (I say dead.)
I wonder if people just casually scrolled through and hit the “like” or “laugh” button without really reading them all. There were about thirty-five in total. But the one pictured above stood out to me. It pierced. Made me wonder. The amount of laughing reactions saddened me.
The abandoned woman.
Abandoned: having been deserted or cast off.
What caused that person (assuming the inquirer was likely a woman) to ask that? Did her husband or boyfriend just walk out on her? Someone die? We don’t know.
But something else struck me.
This person asked about lifespan. Were they sick? Afraid they’d die of a broken heart or lack of support? Chances are this person may not be alive anymore as it was asked back in 1963. Or they are elderly.
How many people in this world are brokenhearted and abandoned? Alone? Lacking support? How many people do we encounter each day in our lives that are desperately broken and wounded? Needing love?
People need to know God’s love. They need Jesus (Yeshua.)
I can only imagine what motivated a person to call the library over lifespan due to abandonment. But what I do know is this….
God never abandons us. Human love fails. His doesn’t.
But this leaves me pondering. God uses people. The Body of believers are His hands and feet. How are we loving others?
How am I loving others? Am I taking the time to see the broken, wounded, needy, and lost?
God help me. I could do much better.
This brings me back to two wonderful truths in scripture.
- God will never leave or forsake us.
- We are called to love God, love people (by making disciples.)
Matthew 22:37-40 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Today, in this moment, I’m sitting in a chair with the sunlight streaming in on me. I’m thankful that I know the Creator. The One who made that sun that shines. Who made me and you. I know that I’m never alone. God will provide. But…He uses people. I pray that I will be obedient to be the part He asks me to be when needed. And I pray you are sensitive to His leading also.
We are never abandoned by God. But far too many don’t know that. May we tell them, in words and actions. Always.
John 15:12 ESV “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.