I wanted to write this blog while the feeling of desertion is “fresh” anew. You see I am doing the Bible study “Entrusted” by Beth Moore. I am into week 2, Day 5. We are looking at 2 Timothy 2:15 where Paul shares: “This you know: all those in Asia have turned away from me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.” These were folks you would have expected to be for Paul, not hurtful to him. Then Beth asked the question: “Have you ever felt deserted?” At first, I thought: “Boy am I fortunate, I can’t remember being deserted.” Then it hit me like a ton of bricks! My heart started to ache and tears rolled down my cheeks. That awful feeling overwhelmed me, even causing my legs to become weak.
I need to interject a word here before I move on. To those of you who have been deserted by a parent, a spouse, a best friend, or a child, my example does not hold a candle to your pain. At the same time desertion comes in all sorts of packages. And it hurts!
It was many, many years ago. A friend and I had babies within days apart. We were in the same church, even the same Sunday School class. Some other “friends” in the class hosted a “new baby tea/shower for her” and even invited me. I went, beautiful new baby in tow, and no word of congratulations was sent my way. It hurt. It really hurt. They were suppose to be friends, the kind that walk the journey together, laugh together, cry together. Not the kind that “jab a knife in your heart.” As you see by my very words here, it still hurts when I think about it.
This is what happened to Paul. Fellow believers had turned away from him. In other words, completely deserted him. Two had been such close friends, he even named them. No regard for his presence, his service, or his feelings! Ouch!
Then in v. 16 Paul says: “May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me. . .”
Let me ask you: “Have you ever felt deserted? That a person, or persons, who were suppose to care about you turned against you, disregarded you?” My hope is that God has sent someone to refresh you in your hurt. He has sent many along the way to refresh me for which I am most grateful.
Today I want to be a “someone” who refreshes you. Know that even as I type these words I am praying for you. God knows who needs refreshing and will be reading my words.
Blessings on you today dear one.