Talking with one of my cousins not long ago, we were catching up on happenings since the last time we visited. She lost her husband to cancer, and experienced a series of unfortunate events since then. In spite of the hard times she went through, she was absolutely exuberant as she recounted how faithful God was – and continues to be – as He shows His goodness to her and her 17 year old daughter. She mentioned that they are living out the truth of Psalm 68:5 that assures us that God is “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows”. If anyone would understand that aspect of God, it would be my cousin; she grew up fatherless also, having lost her dad in a tragic accident when she was a young child. Her mom passed away suddenly a few years ago, so she really is a fatherless widow!
She pointed out that it’s one thing to read that verse; it’s quite another to live it out when you have no one to turn to. Not a dad. Not a husband. Not a mom. No one. That’s how she is really learning to lean on God and trust Him for every detail of her life, and that God is allowing her to experience Himself in a way that she never did before.
Recalling our conversation, I thanked God that I had a loving, godly Dad until just a few years ago, and that I have the most wonderful husband….but I also had to ask myself: “Shouldn’t I also depend on God the way my cousin does anyway? Shouldn’t I embrace Him as my father, sustainer, provider, guide, and comforter as though I didn’t have anyone else?…” Hmmm…
God give us all the grace to depend on Him 100%, and not on others! THEN we’ll see new facets of His goodness and faithfulness that we’ve experienced before. Just ask my cousin!