An Open Mind
Sing for joy, O heavens; shout, O earth, break forth with song. O mountains, for the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion upon them in their sorrow.
Yet they say, "My Lord deserted us; he has forgotten us."
"Never! Can a mother forget her little child and not have love for her own son? Yet even if that should be, I will not forget you. See, I have tattooed your name upon my palm and ever before me is a picture of Jerusalem's walls in ruins. Soon your rebuilders shall come and chase away all those destroying you. Look and see, for the Lord has vowed that all your enemies shall come and be your slaves. They shall be as jewels to display, as bridal ornaments."
Isaiah 49: 13-18 (TLB)
Jesse Cantu lives in Texas. She knew no other students in her new sixth-grade class. She cried every day after school. and felt alone, scared, and empty. Jesse begged her mom not to make her go and asked her to home school Jesse. Jesse was afraid of being alone all day.
One day she was determined that she was not going to school. After her mom dropped her off at school, Jesse ran away. She planned to go and sit outside her house all day since no one would be home. As she walked home, her mom found her. She asked Jesse what was wrong. When Jesse told her everything, her mom told her that she was not really alone. She explained that God was with her, and had a plan for her. Jesse decided to go to school with a mind open to God's plan, and she ended up making two friends who remain her closest friends to this day.
Even when we feel the most alone, God is with us. It is impossible for us to be alone if God is in our hearts. When we feel scared and alone, we can choose to focus on God's presence and plan for us. We can take refuge in Christ and let him be our guide.
Prayer: Loving God, help us always to trust in you and be open to your plans for us. Remind us of your presence and guidance when we are lonely, in Jesus' name. Amen.