"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” (Isaiah 49: 15-16 NIV)
The path of chronic illness can be a lonely one. Sometimes you are physically isolated from others. At other times, there may be people around you, but they simply do not chronic illness.
Often times, when someone asks me how I am, I want to ask, “Compared to what?” Compared to a good day? Compared to a bad day? Compared to my former healthy active life? Compared to their life? That is SUCH a difficult question. I often feel that my answers tend to isolate me more. People just don’t know what to do or say.
How grateful I am for Scripture. And if you, dear reader, start getting these feelings of loneliness, it is a place of comfort and consolation.
Those who know your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20b
Persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:9
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Promise after promise after promise, God tells us He will be with us. When you can find no comfort, no solace from man, perhaps God is tugging at your heart to come to Him. Look for Him in His word. Beloved, take Him at His word.
Father God, How grateful we are that You are always there for us. Even when we do not realize it, you are holding us, caring for us, watching compassionately over us. Though we may not understand our present trials, we can be assured that You are there, calling us to draw near. Amen