I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you- John 14:18

I have absolutely no problem in admitting when I have issues, sometimes. However, I will always admit to this: I have a fear of abandonment.  When I was in elementary school, I had an aide to help me go from one place to another around the school. There were certain times of the day that I had to leave class and go to the nurse. No less than 3 times in my elementary years, I would come back from the nurse’s office and my class would be out somewhere and nobody informed us of where they were going. When I would enter the classroom and nobody was there, I knew what was inevitably going to come....a fire drill.

Sure enough; here comes this loud annoying bell, and I was alone and had no way out. What’s worse? Nobody noticed that I was banging on the door waiting for someone to get me out of there as fast as possible. Now granted, it was just a drill and no fire was present, but, what if there was a real fire....and nobody noticed that I was alone.

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt lonely and it seemed like nobody was around to help? Or how about a time in your life when you needed help, but people seemed to go on about their daily lives, and not notice a thing?

In John 14:18, Jesus tells the disciples that He’s not going anywhere. He is going to be right there by their side through it all, the good and the bad. Isn't it a comfort that this amazing promise applies to us.....even when we think nobody is around? Even when you are surrounded by problem after problem and it seems like either nobody is there or nobody is interested in getting into the mess with you and helping you? Oh what a comforting thought that even in chaos, Jesus is still there.

I still hate fire drills and I still have a fear of abandonment. Those two things will probably always stick with me. However, I also know something else that will always stick with me, and there is no probability about it. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I am not alone.

Don't forget the HE loves you.....and so do I,
        Shelley Olsen

Published by Shelley Olsen


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