My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? Psalm 22
The opening line of Psalm 22 is repeated in Matthew 27:46 when Jesus is on the cross. It has always been comforting to me that in his human form even Jesus felt God had forgotten him. We all hope that in our worst moments God will come riding out of the clouds and save us, like a deus ex machina in a play. But, unfortunately, that is not how God works.
I joined St. Paul’s Ivy’s EfM course this fall. I was just returning to attending church regularly and decided on the spur of the moment to join. After making this large commitment, my family has had a very difficult fall and there have been moments when I have felt forsaken by God. Then I attend EfM class and I see God reflected in the faces of 7 people who I didn’t know in August but who have shown through word and deed that they care for me. They remind me that God has not forgotten me; he loves me, and all the ways His love for all of us is shown in the Bible. While not a deus ex machina, EfM was most definitely God’s hand at work in my life and His giving me a source of strength that he knew I would need in the coming months.
In reading this passage, remember that part of being human is questioning God and feeling forgotten; even Jesus felt it. But God hasn’t forgotten us. In His wisdom, He is giving us the tools to help ourselves and grow through our dark periods. It is just opening our eyes and seeing where His hand is at work.