There is something about going through a difficult time that makes me feel unprotected, uncovered. It’s sort of like the emotional version of how I felt in the days following 9/11…where I sort of sprinted to my car as if a plane would fall out of the sky at any moment.

I feel vulnerable during a hard stretch. I sometimes feel like God has perhaps turned his head and forgotten me.

I sometimes feel unseen.

I cannot imagine a more vulnerable situation than what Mary found herself in…young, unmarried, pregnant…oh, and with God’s child. Scared. Lonely. No one in the world, literally, would be able to identify with her. So, so vulnerable.

And yet in her pain and fear and vulnerability, she obeyed God with a grateful and willing heart and she reached out to a friend.

Are you feeling vulnerable today? Forgotten? Unseen?

Are you feeling like God has left you to fend for yourself?

Like Mary, can you honestly say, even in your pain and fear and vulnerability, you are obeying God, gratefully, willingly?

And like Mary, even though I’m sure she felt no one would really be able to fully understand what she was going through, have you reached out to anyone who can walk with you through this season?

Those are my two gentle suggestions for you today. Come to God with a yes, as Mary did. And move toward a friend with your fear, as Mary did.

Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” –Luke 1:38

{Elizabeth} spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! –Luke 1:42

God, I feel unwatched-over right now. But I know you are here with me and I trust that you see me. Please do not leave me unprotected. Please fill me with your peace and your comfort. Please help me be grateful, willing, and obedient. And please bring support around me. Amen.

– From Holidays for the Hurting: 25 Devotions to Help You Heal

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This