I’m married to a realist. The man is passionate and has feelings no doubt, but so much of his thinking is based on the facts. Sometimes his words can come off blunt, which at first I was not used to so much. Growing up, my mom was the sugar and my dad was the realist. I often liked hearing answers to questions or anything from my mom over my father. Until later in life. Even more so lately. I’ve come to appreciate this type of honesty on so many levels. Let’s take my relationships for example. Namely those in my adult life. Certain relationships I held onto mostly because of my sentimental attachments to them. If I had my husband around earlier, he’d help me real quick weigh the checks and balances in a logical sense to come to the conclusion I did anyway. Or if I’d listen to my dad a bit better, I’d come to terms with those same facts earlier as well.
Which brings me to a passage I read recently in Psalms. Now, I don’t know if you think of David as a blunt writer, I would more-so think of him as the “feelings” person of Biblical history. Yes he was a king that took action no doubt, but the man had so many thoughts, feelings, and lyrics he expressed. Recently, I found a scripture that seemed very blunt.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” Psalm 27:10 (NKJV)
You catch that? He didn’t say “If my parents forsake me” or “when it feels or seems like my parents are forsaking me”. No, the man said “When”. Like he knew that inevitably it was bound to happen, even expecting it. Ouch.
I have found that in moments where life has socked the wind out of me, God has been my immediate soft and safe place. It’s been Him that has taken care of me. It hasn’t been a matter of “if” because those moments have come inevitably. I wish I could tell you that I have the same friends I started out in life with, but I don’t. I wish I could tell you that I’m super tight with every member of my family of origin, but right now, I’m not. Maybe one day that will change. I am a believer in reconciliation. In the meant time, I’m hanging tight to God’s precious hand. For anyone reading this, I want to encourage you for those harsh moments when you will find that your parents, your child, your ministry, or boss, or spouse, or friend, or anyone for that matter, decides to ditch you, the Lord Himself will surely take care of you. The beautiful thing is that you will not be alone. You will not be deserted. You will be taken care of by the very God that made you. Just like He did with David, just like He does with me, He will and is doing for you. There is the blunt in life, but God is always there to bring the beauty, always.