Things don’t always work out the way We had hoped or planned. A desired promotion, or new job, or outreach, or new initiative doesn’t pan out. Friends disappoint and withhold encouragement or don’t follow through. The result is sadness, discouragement, possibly anger, de-motivation, frustration, depression… A whole host of negative emotions. At the root of it all is that our expectations weren’t met. What we had invisioned didn’t come to pass. There was a plan that seemed right to us, but it died. (Proverbs 14:12). God’s love for the nation of Israel is instructive for us here. Despite repeated idol worship and disobedience, God continually demonstrated his love for his people, his creation, and had their best interest at heart. The New Testament forcefully continues that theme. Christ promised Us, his followers, “I will never leave or forsake you, for all eternity,” (Heb. 13:5, Matt. 28:20) The Comforter, the Holy Spirit remains within us. As has been said, “Life is messy, handle with prayer.” Pray without ceasing. Be like the persistent widow before the judge in Luke 18. God hears your prayers, knows the desires of your heart, loves you, and will never leave you.