Don’t Leave Me Hanging

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Well-meaning friends or family can – and often do – disappoint or wound us. They can leave us hanging when we need a rescue! But our Lord promised that He never would leave us.

“ . . .for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6 ESV)

Today I was driving a long, very straight Canadian highway passing granary after granary. Their height and sizes seemed to get bigger with each mile.

I recalled a story my dad told me about how when he was a young man, he and a buddy got a job inspecting the grain in grain elevators. They would climb to the top, and one would sit on a swing-like seat while the other would lower him slowly down into the elevator until they reached the top of the pile. Once on the actual grain, they would do their inspections and tests.

One day, it was my dad’s turn in the swing. As he got halfway down, his friend suddenly stopped lowering him, tied the rope up and closed the door at the top. My dad was left suspended, hanging all alone in the dark with no one to help. Now, I don’t know how long he was left alone, but the prank caused a change in my father. He never felt safe in any kind of elevators and struggled with claustrophobia the rest of his life.

Well-meaning friends or family can – and often do – disappoint or wound us. They can leave us hanging when we need a rescue! But our Lord promised that He never would leave us. Now that’s the rope we should be hanging onto.

Father, we thank you that you when others forsake us, You never do. Help us to keep our eyes on You when left in the dark, and to put our trust in the One who never lets go.

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