About a month ago, I was in a VERY bad slump for being a “young orphan.” Then, I met someone and this went away as I created a few more meaningful relationships. The other night, I went out to supper with someone that used to work for me. She was introducing me to someone and told her that she was trying to find me a nice boy to date so that I could get married and stay here. The lady then asked this lady if she was my mother. To which we both laughed. They got back to thinking about single men for me. The lady I used to work with then came out and said, “and we need to find her a very nice one. I take care of her. She’s already an orphan and needs a very nice boy to take care of her.” Then the orphan dread came back. When this slump hit me last month, I looked through the Bible for passages on orphans. For hope that I won’t be alone forever. For hope that I would have a family once again. Ironically, widows are often mentioned in the same passages. Here, for your viewing eyes are the passages in the Bible about orphans:
“You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.”
“He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice.”
“No, I will not abandon you as orphans- I will come to you.”
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
So, what do all these passages mean? Well, I believe it means that God is close to the broken-hearted and grieving. He takes in the widows and orphans. He hears their cry.
Let me tell you a story. This summer, I was in deep, deep grief over the loss of my parents. I had a friend that didn’t understand my story and wasn’t treating me particularly the nicest. I was hurt. I cried to God to stop the pain. You may wonder what happened. Let me answer that for you. God removed this person from my life. He protected me as he removed the painful relationship from my life. I kept picking the relationship back up, but God kept telling me NO! The relationship was over after 7 years. He made this person lose a good friend they had because of how she was treating me in my distress and grief. He tore the relationship apart because He heard my cry and wanted to stop the pain, as I had enough pain to endure. He was protecting me not only from evil, but from external forces that will hurt my grieving heart more.
In the end, let’s care for orphans and widows. It is so extremely painful to lose someone you love so much. To never be able to see them in person again. God knows this is painful. He has given us humans to care for us and will hear our cries of distress. This much is true because it is promised in the Bible. And all promises of the Bible have been and will be fulfilled.