I have been taking my mentee to church with me for a little while. I drop him off in student ministries and then go to the adult services.
Most of the time when I arrive to pick him up he is not ready to leave. I think it’s great that he is enjoying the group and time in his class that he isn’t ready to go. The other day I was kidding around with him. When he said he wasn’t ready, without skipping a beat, I said, “Okay, see ya next week.” He jumped up in a hurry. I laughed and we headed out.
When I ran into a friend after service a couple of weeks later on my way to pick him up, I didn’t think anything of it since he was never ready to go anyway. I would just get there a little later instead of being one of the first in line as usual. No big deal.
But when I arrived his posture was slumped and his head was down as he stood in the middle of the room. The worried look on his face spoke volumes. “What’s wrong.” I inquired. With a very sad, low voice he said, “I didn’t think you were coming back for me.”
A hug ensued and as I embraced him, I ensured him I would never, ever, ever, leave him and not come back to pick him up. He doesn’t have to worry about that.
This made me think about our relationship with God our Father. He will never, ever leave us. I don’t know it if was the encounter a couple of weeks before this where I jokingly said I would see him next week or if it brought back bad memories of someone leaving him. But I do know this, no matter how many people have abandoned us, left us with a broken heart, or misused our trust, God is never going to do that to us. He will never forsake us or leave us alone. We may not always realize it or be seeking Him in a given situation, but He is always pursuing us and watching out for us. We can always trust in Him without fear. He is a good, good Father who loves us deeply. Always.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” I Chronicles 28:20