Today’s Truth

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Arlene Pellicane.

Today’s Truth

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1, NIV).

Friend to Friend

When my son Ethan was two, we lost him. On purpose.

Like most parents, we were constantly waiting for our toddler to catch up, keep up, and stay behind us. But with so many trains, toys, and cars to look at in Walmart, what was a boy to do except stop every three feet.

One day, we turned the tables.

While he stopped to look at the thrilling Thomas the Train bedding set, my husband James signaled me to walk ahead and keep shopping. He ducked into an aisle to hide from little Ethan.

When Ethan looked up about a minute later, he realized we were gone. Completely out of sight. He started to wail and cry. He panicked. A nice mom walked towards him but James caught her eye and waved her away.

About 30 seconds later, James scooped up teary-eyed Ethan and said, “When you’re in the store, you have to follow me, okay? There are a lot of people in here and we don’t want you to get lost. I was watching you the whole time but I wanted to make sure you understood that you have to follow me or else you’ll get lost.”

Ethan got the message loud and clear.

Have you ever felt abandoned like Ethan? Maybe you’ve wandered down the aisle of the grocery store and thought “God, do you see me? I feel all alone. I could use some help and You’re nowhere to be found.”

Did James ever abandon Ethan in Walmart? No, his father eyes were on his son the whole time. It was Ethan who had taken his eyes off his dad.

When we feel abandoned, it’s not because God has walked away from us. It’s because we have strayed away from Him. We can get distracted by a million little things or one huge problem. Instead of pressing close to Jesus and squeezing His hand tight, we take our eyes off Jesus and fix them squarely on the challenges facing us instead.

We may walk away, but we are never out of the range of His gaze.

He is not standing far off after all. You can walk back into the warmth of His presence right now. Even in the middle of Walmart or wherever you find yourself today.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank you that You see me. You haven’t abandoned me. You do not stand far off. As it says in Psalm 17:8, keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Help me to be aware of Your presence today. Guide me Holy Spirit and shine truth into my life. I make the conscious choice to follow where you lead me today.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Sometimes we get it backwards. We say to Jesus, “Here’s what I’m doing. Please follow me and bless me” instead of saying, “Lord, take the lead. I’ll follow You today.” Jesus said to His followers in Matthew 4:19 “Come follow Me,” not the other way around.

Can you relate? Do you find yourself calling the shots in your day-to-day life instead of seeking the Lord for His direction each morning?

Write a prayer of surrender to God. Include a line of thanksgiving because He will never leave or forsake you.

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Today’s devotion is from Arlene Pellicane, co-author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World (written with Dr. Gary Chapman) and 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. Visit for more including free resources.

7 Responses to “Not Abandoned in Aisle 3”

  1. Mary says:

    What a great reminder that it is us who take our eyes off of Him and not He who takes His eyes off of us.

  2. Donna says:

    What a wonderfully uplifting message.
    Knowing that God is always watching even when we don’t see Him is so comforting.
    Thank You!

  3. George Jenkins says:

    I had a similar experience with my daughter who was a stubborn little five year old. My experience backfired on me. I was carrying my toddler son and trying to get them through the toy section of a department store. Mila was determined to lag behind and inspect just about everything. As I got more and more frustrated with her, I got the same idea as the author described. I ducked around a corner when she was engrossed in some game or toy and waited. It happened that the display shelves in the store were just high enough that I could see the top of her head most of the time, and if she turned I ducked so she could not see me. After a minute or so she moved to the next item that interested her and realizing that David and I were gone she looked up and down the aisle and then………………continued her inspection of the items on display. This continued for several minutes and several aisles. No panic, no tears, no reaction at all to the fact that we were not there. Finally, I went to the section she was in and when she looked up, I said, “I’ll bet you were starting to get scared, weren’t you?” She just said, “No”. I asked, “Did you know where David and I were?” Again she said. “No”. Then I asked in exasperation, “So how come you were not afraid?”. She looked at me like she thought I had just asked just about the dumbest question ever, and replied, “Jesus was with me.” The tears were mine, not hers.

  4. Susan says:

    i really appreciate finding Girlfriends in God. It uplifts my day and helps to remind me to stay close to the Lord. Thank you so much for this. With Love and Prayers. Life is Beautiful. Susan

  5. LAURA says:

    Yes…struggling to push forward from what I perceived as failure. Where is God I am tempted to ask. He is waiting for me to let him be in control. Thank you.

  6. Tina says:

    Yesterday my friend died and so did her baby. This would have been my devotional for yesterday, but I did not stop yesterday. In reading this morning, God reminded me that though I am overwhelmed with profound sadness, I am not abandoned. He sees me. He sees my friend’s husband, her friends, her family. We must keep our eyes on Him and press in closer. Thank you for the reminder.

  7. Jessica says:

    God has proven over and over again that he will never abandon me. When times get hard, he is always there. Why is it so easy for me to forget that? At the first sign of trouble I find myself being a little kid ready to throw a tantrum, trying to figure out where God is. He is there! It is just me that has wondered away. But, he is still there, watching over me, even though I may not be looking up to him for guidance. Thank you Heavenly Father for always watching over me, and for never letting me leave your sight. I love you. Please help me and guide me as I give you lead of my life. In your name we pray, Amen.

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