Forsaken. What a horrible word. Deserted, desolate, disowned, ignored, isolated. Who would choose to be forsaken? I certainly wouldn't. Have you ever been in a situation where you were blamed for something you didn't do? And instead of admitting innocence or pointing to the guilty party, you just took the punishment? What makes one motivated to take the blame for others? Many different scenarios come to mind, but at the end of the day love is the ultimate motivator.
Once upon a time, there was an older brother who witnessed his little sister break something very valuable. The little girl was told not to touch this special piece of memorabilia. But, the temptation was too great and she did it anyway. Upon hearing the crash, the mother rounded the corner and the look on her face spoke of what was to come. Immediately, the older brother stepped up and stammered, "I did it." The parent knew this wasn't the case. She could see her daughter standing in the middle of the mess. But she looked into the big blue eyes of her son and instead of stewing in her anger, she was proud of what was in his heart. Love. So much love for his baby sister that he was ready to take whatever punishment was coming. Where does this kind of love come from?
Think about our Lord and Savior. He walked this earth ultimately deserted by family, disciples, the people who crowded around Him to hear Him teach, the people who claimed adoration. Yet, each of those rejections paled into comparison to when His Holy Father could not look on Him because of our sin. This was His Daddy. His Comforter. His Sustainer. His Source of Strength. Over and over again, Jesus falls at the feet of His Father. The physical torture Jesus underwent on the cross was nothing compared to the anguish of the One He loved most turning away. But, to Christ, it was worth it. We were worth it. And He would have done it if you were the only one whose life hung in the balance. He was forsaken so you don't have to be. Why? Because you, my friend, are cherished.
Just give up. It's not worth it. Quit. Walk away. You are too tired, too old, too young, too hurt, too damaged, too sick...all lies from the enemy to induce us to turn away from our purpose. Jesus died so that we wouldn't be forsaken. We are loved and adored by the One and Only God. He adores us. We are forgiven, never to be turned away, always to be cherished. That alone should propel us forward.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.