Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Where is God when You are Sad and Alone?

Four months ago I left my home of more than three years.

A home that we had made together with my son.

It was hard, he missed his dad, it was a new place, new school, new friends.

And for me it was a new place, new people to work with, new climate everything was new.

But we made our home and we were blessed.

Then our financial support ended, we had to end the work I was doing and we had to leave our home.

It was an end and a new beginning.

A beginning we weren't so happy about.

My husband asked me to move back to our home, he told me he was sorry.

So we decided to risk it all and go back.

There has been many days when my son has said he wishes to be back in our home, with his friends, in his old school.

When he didn't wish to be with his dad again.

When he would say he was happier when there were just the two of us.

There has been many moments I have missed my work.

So many moments when I have missed the wonderful people I was able to work with.

The warm and loving, funny Kichwa people who opened their jungle villages, homes and families to me.

And now I'm here in the cold Andes.

Not knowing what God has planned for me.

Just clinging on the hope that there is a plan.

That something will happen.

That this not-doing, not-working, not-having friends, almost not-having God with me isn't the all.

I cling on to the hope that God is with me, where ever I may go.

But is God with me when I'm sad and alone?

I am jobless, and I feel homeless.

Like this house where I'm currently living in belongs to someone else and I'm just a visitor.

My only work is being a mother and a wife, and it feels so strange after so many years of having a job of my own.

Of feeling that I was doing something for God and for other people.

I don't know myself anymore.

And it makes me feel so sad and alone.

The few familiar things left to me are my Bible and my books.

Not even a church where I could go to.

And I haven't been able to find a living, breathing God on those pages.

I felt that not even my prayers have really been lifted to the heaven but they have stayed.

Heavily hanging over the earth and my heart.

I have felt so sad and alone.

Abandoned by everyone else.

Until I finally had the courage to look in the eyes of the pastor.

And there was joy and hope.

There was a person who saw my worth.

A person who was excited to have me in his team.

Who was delighted that I would be there to help our in our work.

Who knew that there was a plan for me.

Who told me that God had made me a place.

Here in this cold town that felt so indifferent to me.

Where was God when I was sad and alone?

Preparing the place for me.

Making sure I would find the right people.

That I would fall into the place He had meant for me all the time.

That I would be doing the work He wanted me to do.

Not what I imagined would be the best use of my talent.

Not with the people I imagined would need me.

But in a place, in a time and in a way that He had prepared for me.


  1. Hi Joanna, it has a long while stopping over here!
    I am so touched by your words here. Don't give up, friend. God won't bring you this far to let you down. He is planning something bigger for you and your sweet family. There is JOY friend, there is HOPE.
    Be encouraged!
    Praying along with your family

    1. Hi Ifeoma, so glad to see you here my sister!
      Thank you for your kind words and most of all, thank you for your prayer. I know it will carry me when life gets too hard.

  2. Hi Joanna,
    What a sad but beautifully encouraging post. My recent circumstances have also left me clinging to my FAMILIAR GOD and although I know that He has plan...I have found my faith stretched and tested to the very extreme and also felt very lonely, BUT GOD is faithful and I expect to also have an testimony shortly....Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Ariete!
      God always has a plan, and it is always good. It's just so hard to wait for it to happen from time to time. But I have learned one lesson during this time. The unity of body of Christ exists for reason. We are to lift each other up and to encourage each other. May God bless you and be there for you, every moment!

  3. Good to hear from you again, friend! I love this George MacDonald quote: "Jesus died to make us merry children around our father's throne!" You have a child-like heart of trust and obedience...even when you are sad and alone. I've been thinking about this verse quite a bit lately and hope you find comfort as well:
    Psalm 17:15
    "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."
    I really want to see that everything God does is Right and when I look in his face I don't read any other motive but righteousness. But most importantly, when all is said and done, that I will be satisfied that I was like him: helping, healing, saving. There are so many things I seek satisfaction in, but it is the one thing I long for more and more, to know I am like him.
    In Jesus' love and service,
    Charlie Lyon

    1. Thank you so much for your words! I think one important lesson I've learned from this is that the unity of the body of Christ exists for a reason. We truly need other believers surrounding us with out love and prayers. I truly need it.
      Thank you again. You've made me feel like I've come back to home :)

  4. Yes, in His time. "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:..." "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end." Both from Ecclesiastes 3.
    Not knowing is so hard, Joanna. Not understanding nor feeling connected...all hard. But He never left you nor forsook you. I am grateful that He showed you His wonderful plan.
    I hold you in my prayers.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda