I saw a friend the other day I had not seen or heard from in a while. After a few minutes of catching up my friend mentioned that they had not heard from me on Facebook in a while. Come to think of it I had not seen posts or pics from them in a long time either. When I got home that night I looked and they were no longer on my friends list. What happened? I know I didn’t delete my friend. Was my 5 year old phone on the frits? Did I as a 40 something…okay, okay, 50 something technologically challenged Baby Boomer accidentally delete my friend? Did one of my granddaughters do it as they randomly pushed buttons in search of a Curious George video? (I find I tend to blame the grandkids for unexplained things or mysterious disappearances kind of like we blame the cleaning people for everything at the office.) Or worse yet, did my friend delete me? Whatever the cause I sought to rectify the matter and I sent them a friend request as soon as I got home.
My situation with my friend made me reflect on my relationship with the Lord. I know that in my spiritual walk, in the newsfeed of my “Faithbook” there have been plenty of times that the Lord hasn’t heard from me. There have been seasons where I have not updated Him on my status, checked in, or simply thanked Him for His friendship. And just like the situation with my friend there have been times that it seems like I haven’t heard from Him in a while either.
I know that I am not the only one to ever feel some sort of disconnect. David spoke of something similar in Psalm 42. He cried out in verse 9, “Why have you forgotten me?” David felt disconnected and discouraged; he was in a season of despair. Yes, David felt despair but did not give in to despair. He continued to trust in the Lord and he reached out to the Lord. Despite his feelings, his faith told David that God never unfriends His people. David understood the truth of Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” If you haven’t heard from the Lord in a while or if He hasn’t heard from you – reach out, reach up and reconnect! The Lord never forsakes or unfriends His people.