When someone is described as being an orphan, the image of someone without parents, protection, a home, or security immediately comes to mind. A small child in tattered rags, no shoes, often in a third world country surrounded by squalor and filth. Someone without hope.
As I have grown, I have met people who for all purposes are orphans. They have no place to call home, no one to miss them when they are away, no sense of belonging, no sense of peace or hope. My heart pains to see them in this situation. But other than offering to walk along side them, I cannot meet their deepest need. Only God can do that.
God is the One who draws the lost and the lonely into relationship with Him. He may use someone to be a part of His plans, but ultimately, it is His Father’s heart that calls to them, Come to me, find peace. Find rest” (John 14:18). God longs to pull all His children, lost and alone to Him, giving them a place to belong. But it is up to the lost to hear His voice and respond.
Over the years, there have been some people who have been orphaned for so long by the people who are supposed to love them, that when they learn of Someone who wants to love them it is unacceptable. The lost push away the very Love their hearts crave, the Love their souls are starving to receive.
Precious child, are you one of the orphans? Do you cry inside while trying to stand strong on your own? Forcing yourself to remain aloof to the love around you? To the people who seem to have all that you lack?
Come to the Father, O Best Beloved. Listen for His voice, come to His waiting arms and let Him bring you into His family. Where you will find grace, mercy (Hosea 14:3c), hope, peace, and joy. He loves you with an everlasting love and longs to draw you to Him with loving-kindness (Jeremiah 31:3).
Come and be orphaned no more.