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“I will never leave you or forsake you”

Hebrews 13:5

Friend to Friend

Have you ever faced a tough circumstance and wondered, where are you God? That was the situation with many of Jesus’ followers after He was crucified and buried. They lost their hopes and dreams and didn’t know where to turn.

The same day that Peter and John discovered the empty tomb, two of the disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. As the sacred city lay behind them, so did their hopes and dreams. While discussing the tragic events of the past weekend, another man appeared and began to walk along side them.

“What are you talking about?” the man asked.

“Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know about what happened over the past few days?

“What things?” the man asked.

Then the two disciples gave the traveler a blow-by-blow account of Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and disappearance from the tomb. Their eyes were blinded by despair and didn’t realize that hope was walking right alongside them. All they saw was the tragedy, but they missed seeing Jesus walking on the dusty road with them.

When they reached the village where they were going, they urged this “stranger” to join them for dinner. When he was at the table, Jesus assumed the role of host and took the bread. He gave thanks, broke the loaf, and passed it to the men. At that point, I am sure a flood of memories returned to the men…memories of another meal where Jesus broke bread with His followers. But perhaps what opened their eyes to this man’s true identity were the nail-scarred hands that held the bread. “Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight” (Luke 24:31 NIV).

Perhaps you’ve traveled down your own dusty road to Emmaus, with circumstances leaving you confused, troubled, and depressed. If so, remember this my friend: Just because we cannot see Jesus or sense His presence does not mean that He is absent. He is walking the path with us. Jesus assures us with these words: “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He gave His word. He gave His life.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I know that you are always with me. Forgive me when I whine about being all alone. Forgive me when I whine that nobody understands my problems. I know that You understand all things and that You are my hope Who is always walking right along the path with me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

How do you think the men felt when they realized that the man in their presence was Jesus?

What do you think the realization did to their dashed hopes and dreams?

How would the realization that Jesus is always walking along the path with you change your reaction to disappointments and broken dreams?

More from the Girlfriends

Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out like you hoped it would, and we have the scars to prove it. But our scars don’t have to be something we are ashamed of, no matter how we got them. Just as people recognized Jesus when they saw his scars, people will see Jesus when you share about yours…when you tell your story. Learn how to turn your pain into purpose, and your messes into your message. Release the power of your past and begin using what you’ve gone through for good with Your Scars are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past.

6 Responses to “When You’ve Lost Hope”

  1. Dianet BORRERO says:

    just woke up and saw this message..
    So much needed at the moment .
    Thank you

  2. Roselyne says:

    I’m just 21 years.My life started falling apart in my second year in campus.I deeply feel it’s because I left the path of God. I did things I can never do in my life. I lost my true identity and my grades started falling. By the end of my academic year I found out I’m pregnant. I had to drop out of school. Unfortunately I got a miscarriage. My parents agreed to take me back to school. But my ended up failing again and I ended up getting discontinued from school.I no longer have a good relationship with my dad because we don’t talk. I just found out I’m pregnant for the second time.My boyfriend is forcing me to abort. When I refused he walked out on me.I got a job but it didn’t last long. I didn’t really save much because since I got discontinued from school I depend on myself for rent and food and upkeep. I really don’t know where to start now with my very little savings I really can’t invest I don’t know how I’m going to survive. Please pray for me whoever gets to read this I can’t hold on for too long.

  3. Broken says:

    I’m trying to keep hope alive.

    We’ve been married for 18 – 1/2 years, together for 25. My husband & have been separated for 2 years due to his infidelity and a few other issues. Since then, we’ve been dating, talking, and working on things…or so I thought. In May, he said we needed to proceed with divorce. He was quite insistent. He told me things were going too well with us, and he couldn’t trust that it wouldn’t change & go back to the way it was before. I was confused & hurt, but I told him if brought me the papers I would sign them. He didn’t bring them.

    Over the next several months, we kept talking and spending time together.

    At the end of August, he comes to me & tells me he has been diagnosed with cancer. Of course, we were both worried & scared, but we’re still husband & wife, so we’ll get through it together, right?

    Within 10 minutes of the cancer news, he tells me that he has something else he must tell me. He’s crying, almost hysterically, when he tells me that his girlfriend is expecting a child.

    I wasn’t totally surprised because of his previous infidelity, which runs through his family like a river (parents & 4 of 5 siblings have all done the same). He didn’t see it as a big deal because we were separated. Other than me getting hurt, he didn’t see a problem.

    I was broken-hearted because we struggled for the 5 – 6 years of our marriage trying to have a child, but I was unable to bear children. I wanted that for us more than anything.

    On top of all of this, he asked me for my help during is surgery & treatment for cancer. Because of his toxic family dynamic & the pregnant girlfriend living out of town, he said he had no one else.

    I said yes because he’s my husband, it’s the right thing to do, and God guided my decision. He moved back home. I asked God for what I needed to let go of the anger & hurt, so that I could help him get better. I know that sounds crazy to most people, but it was the right thing to do. It wasn’t about him. It was about my service to God and giving him the glory.

    During the cancer ordeal, I had no help taking care of him. We just had each other.

    He also “found the Lord,” as if the Lord was he lost one. Now he’s Bible-toting, scripture quoting fellow.

    He has now gone back to his place, is doing radiation, and his child has been born. I’ve lost all respect for him, even though I still love him.

    And it’s time for a divorce. All hope for our marriage is gone. I’m beautiful & blessed, and scared. I want to have more faith than fear, but that’s sometimes easier said than done.

    How do I turn my pain into purpose?

  4. Sometimes, He just has to open our eyes and sometimes we do.

  5. Toyin Sobande says:

    I need this inspirational everyday

  6. Brenda says:

    I just finished reading this article and appreciate you putting it out, but I am numb and frozen in my heart. I have been a Christian since I was 9 years old. Married almost 25 years only to find out this past January that my husband had a secret life, sexting men, seeking relationships with them, etc., Needless to say, I am just devastated, I am trying to lean on the Lord, but I am just numb from the shock and my heart has been ripped out of my chest never to be the same ever again. I thought this year 2018 would be a phenomenal year with me turning 50 and was to celebrate 25 years of marriage but not the story I dreamed of afterall. I just need lots of prayers. I appreciate your ministry.

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