When my son was two-years old he went through what’s commonly known as separation anxiety. If I stepped out of the room for a brief moment and he lost sight of me, he would panic. This panic took the form of blood-curdling screams, not the kind that are soliciting attention, but guttural, terrified calls for help. These screams and panic did not let up until I stood before him, reminding him that I was there. I promised that I never even left him to begin with. I reassured him that I would NEVER leave him. I told him that even when he can’t see me, I am there. I am watching him. I know where he is and exactly what he’s doing. I am constantly surveying his surroundings to keep him from harm. When I was through with my reasoning, I stayed for a while and then slipped out to take care of some household demand. And shortly after, he screamed!
This scenario reminds me so much of how we often interact with our Heavenly Father. He assures us that he would NEVER leave us. He is here with us, aware of our every move. He is there to steer us away from danger and to provide comfort and security to our fragile selves. Yet we scream! We often feel we are abandoned, all alone, left to fend for ourselves in this scary world. We call out to God in despair and ask, “Where are you?” He is there. He will never leave us. Like a child, we must trust our Heavenly Father and rest assured of his enduring love and protection.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. – Psalm 139:7-10