by Connie & Ron Determan, Notre Dame Associates
Our reading this week is “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” Wow, what a wonderful promise! How often do we feel orphaned?
There are so many days that I doubt the Lord’s love and feel orphaned but it is so evident around me. Why can I not see him walking with me – am I like His disciples on the road to Emmaus – I do not recognize him? He is so present in our daily lives but at times I do feel orphaned. Even when our health is failing or our loved ones hurt us – He is walking with us though we do not recognize Him.
I am recovering from a stroke that happened last fall. As I recover, I am going through what I call “brain therapy”. During these sessions, I work on my concentration and focus. One of the exercises includes trying to get a silly monkey up a tree for him to get rewarded with bananas. This takes concentration and focus. As soon as I lose my focus and think of something I need to be doing or something I did wrong, that silly monkey falls back to the ground. I have to take time to stop and again just focus on the monkey and getting him up that tree. So how do I increase my focus and concentration?
We race through our day trying to accomplish so much but do not take time to walk with Him or truly focus on Him. How are we like His disciples and not recognize Jesus? Are we losing our focus on Jesus? Are we feeling orphaned? His message this week is that we will not be orphaned – let us keep our focus on Jesus and not think about the things we need to do or the things we did wrong and feel orphaned. Take time to spend with Jesus and you will know He truly has not left us orphaned!