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After an absence from writing on FaithWriters, I have had the pleasant and humbling experience of being told that I was missed. This always makes me feel that what I say is important and that there are those who like to read what I have to say as I also like to read what they have to say. I couldn’t get on the internet for some weeks, and it is only because I have learnt to trust God over the years and have developed patience that I got through what some years ago would have been agony. I was just missing the opportunity to get in touch with my FW friends and send in articles in the mean time.
Sometimes we miss things that are not important to our needs and so feel deprived. We get used to things that we can materially do without and can make ourselves miserable without them. The television is an important asset in any household, but our lives do not depend on it. A few hours or even days without it can give us some time to meditate on spiritual things or converse with others around us. The telephone is very necessary to homes and businesses, but a couple of hours or days without it, can give us some time to get on with important chores, instead of spending long hours gossiping or being interrupted incessantly with calls that interrupt our busy schedules. The computer keeps us in touch with others by email, or with events or ideas that we would like to have at our disposal, but some people’s lives are taken up by the computer to such an extent that they ignore the rest of the family. There are so many things we can do without that we give too much importance to, like unnecessary activities that take time away from young children who need us.
Friends are important to us; they help to bolster our lives. We have relationships with them in a different way than we have with our family. We look forward to seeing them at different times and when we do our happiness shows on our faces and we are glad to have had the opportunity to spend time with them. We miss them dearly when they move away from us for whatever reason. We feel there is something missing in our lives. However, when we trust God He sends someone else in place to fill the gap. There may not be the same feeling for the new friend, but it covers the yearning that we are missing a loved one. Of course, death has a finality to it, in that we know that we will not see that friend again on this earth and only time, that great healer, allows us to move on.
Missing a family member through death can be devastating. I have had personal experience of this when my own mother died and left us suddenly. I was only sixteen and unprepared for an eventuality of such great magnitude and as shattering. My two siblings younger than I could not help in assuaging the grief I felt for they were as helpless and grief-stricken as I was. The loss was terrible. Missing a mother who was always there to provide every physical and emotional comfort and assisting with your spiritual development leaves a great void that no one else can fill. A baby who has not yet learnt attachments to a mother or anyone else can bond with a surrogate or foster parent, but it is not easy with a child who has had pleasant experiences and a bringing up in a shared relationship with a caring and devoted mother.
Our consciousness is that we expect there will be always changes, but we are not always able to accept these changes when they come. There will be always something missing in our lives. We look at others who seem to be happier than we are and think that we would like to be or should be as happy. Their happiness may only be a state of mind, not necessarily because of something in the material world. It may be that they are in tune with God who gives to us more richly than we deserve. I have heard people comment about others’ state of contentment, even when they do not possess the wherewithal that others seem to have. Poverty does not equate with unhappiness, unless one is covetous and even the rich are sometimes so, not ever being satisfied with what they own. (Eccl. 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain.) They keep longing for more and feel they are missing what they think they deserve.
We miss things that we have lost, like important documents that are essential to dispense with critical information. Papers that we need to present to Government and other officials to allow us necessary movement from one stage to another, e.g. passports for visas, driving permits and so on. When these important items go missing, our lives can be turned upside down. If we live in a country where the public service is slow and cumbersome and you know it will take forever to get the desired replacement documents, stress can result. Christ gave the parable of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. He showed us the extent to which the one suffering loss went to extremes to find what was missing and the joy in its retrieval. There is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents and comes to God (Luke 15:3-32). A vital missing item when found can give the owner such joy and relief which cannot equate with that of a repentant sinner coming into the kingdom of God, but for a believer a sincere ‘Thank you Lord’ for helping me to find my loss shows a grateful heart. We must make sure that Jesus is not missing from our hearts.
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