Gordon Lightfoot graced the airwaves with his song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. In the lyrics of that song, he expresses the frustration many of us have had with God’s seeming absence when we need Him the most.
Recalling how family members and crew must have felt as the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a November storm on the Great Lake “Gitche Gumee” (Superior) on November 10, 1975, the song asks, “Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the minutes to hours?” Â All 29 crew members were lost that day and God’s love seemed absent.
Just yesterday, I saw a patient in the office whoÂ feltÂ that God’s loveÂ was missing in her life too. She was having severe depression and was contemplatingÂ ending her life. She prayed desperately for God to send some evidence of His presence as she suffered alone in her apartment.
It was just at that moment of desperation that she received a text message from her sister who had been unknowingly praying for her all along. Her sister told her how much she loved her and was praying for her to see God’s love at this perilous time in her life.
God showed up just in timeÂ and I am happy to report that Paige is doing just fine. She has now refocused her priorities and is no longerÂ searching for happiness inÂ all the wrong places that promise happiness but fail to deliver.
I was also able to point her to the Psalms (rather than the book of Leviticus) where she can find encouragement through the writings of King David and others who sometimes felt alone in their walk upon this earth too.
God often seems absent when we are facing away from Him rather than looking to Him for our happiness.Â God is not absent. And He shows up right in time when we truly need and want to see Him. Hebrews 11:6…He is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.