Psalm 22:1  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?”

The Psalmist was obviously struggling.   He was questioning where God was, why God wasn’t doing something, why God wasn’t helping him even though he was crying to God in anguish.

He wondered if God had left him.

That would be a really lonely and scary place.    To feel like you were abandoned by God, that would have to be one of the worst.

But what if that’s not where you are?

What if you firmly believe that God is here?  What if you firmly believe that God is in control?

But you can’t see it in part of your life.

You see it in church.   You see it in the people you’re friends with.   You see God all around you.   And it feels good.

It feels really good.    But there’s this one little thing. 

God appears to be standing right next to you watching you hurt.

It’s like He stands right next to you holding two Tylenol and a band aid for your pain.

He’s standing right next to you with a box of tissues (some time I’ll tell you the story of my church’s Kleenex policy. ) But He doesn’t offer you one.

He’s standing right there fiddling with the GPS on his Power of God smart phone but won’t show you the directions.   At least not beyond saying, “Come here.”

I believe there are a lot of us who feel that way.   We know God’s in charge.   We know He stands by those who love him.

And we do love him.

But we’ve got this “thing.”    To quote the Apostle Paul, it’s a thorn in our side.   If you could look into the hearts and souls of every person you meet, you’d see that everyone has “this thing.”

Sometimes, when we ask, God makes “this thing” go away.

Sometimes when we ask, God doesn’t make “this thing” go away but He gives us the power to live with and work through it.

Sometimes He says, “No my child, I will not take that thing away from you until you come live with me.”

But how do you deal with the times where you know God is there, you know He’s listening, but you don’t get an answer.

And that “non answer” is quite often God’s way of saying, “Not yet, my child.”

But God, do something! I know You are there.   I know You want what’s best for your children.  Help us to hear your answer, whether it’s yes, no, not yet or hmmmmn, I think you need to learn something before I answer.

Help us see that answer, to see you close and to feel your love and comfort inspite of our frustrations.

Amen