You’ve been there, or you know someone who has. The sweet nectar of success has been replaced by a bitter taste and bad breath because the corporate carpet has been pulled out from under you. Your coworkers no longer think of you as a friend, and they’re nervous when they see you. They’re afraid your bad luck might be contagious.
No one seems to care, the phone calls have stopped, and you feel like you’re alone at the bottom of a dark pit of discouragement. You hear a voice, but you’re not sure of the words. Did it ask, “How is the view from down there?” Or, were the words, “It really isn’t too bad a view from down here.”
There’s a world of difference between “down there” and “down here,” and a wave of calm and comfort flows through you as you realize you’re not alone. You never have been and you never will be.
In Acts 17, Paul said: “God gives everyone life, breath, and everything they have. From one man he has made every nation of humanity to live all over the earth. He has given them the seasons of the year and the boundaries within which to live. He has done this so that they would look for God, somehow reach for him, and find him. In fact, he is never far from any one of us. Certainly, we live, move, and exist because of him.”
The bright lights might get a bit dim; your hope might get a little bruised; and, in the moment the powerful promises could lose their glamor; but, God is not absent.
As a man who was well acquainted with times of sorrow and joy, David contemplated God’s presence:
“Can I go anywhere apart from Your Spirit? Is there anywhere I can go to escape Your watchful presence? If I go up into heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in the realm of the dead, You are there. If I ride on the wings of morning, if I make my home in the most isolated part of the ocean, even then You will be there to guide me; Your right hand will embrace me, for You are always there. Even if I am afraid and think to myself, “There is no doubt that the darkness will swallow me, the light around me will soon be turned to night,” You can see in the dark, for it is not dark to Your eyes. For You the night is just as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to Your eyes.” ~Psalm 139
You’re not alone; Jesus promised to never leave you or forsake you.