Where Are You?

And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him. Acts 5:32

Recent tragedies in Asia have captured our attention. The disappearance of Malaysia Airline Flight 370, and the ferry accident in South Korea, are gripping. People are missing; answers have come slowly. For every person who could not be found, there are family members who wail and grieve the disappearance of their loved ones. Headlines offer updates and keep us attentive, as we join in prayer, fasting, and weeping with them. Grief is universal. Tears are a language we all understand. Loss touches everyone.

The disappearance of a loved one is harrowing. A tragedy in the air, at sea, during the fulfillment of military duty, a child not coming home from school at the anticipated time, a mother not at school when it lets out, a father who does not show up for work, and a teenager who does not come home by curfew, are examples of disappearances that can send family members into an emotional tailspin. Rightfully so. Often when there are unanswered questions, the mind races to find answers. Coping with the unknown is hard. God understands. God is there.

Sometimes we ask Where are you? because of emotional distance. There are times in life when people withdraw from relationships due to grief, remorse, anger, neglect and fear. Those interactions once familiar and predictable have changed. Physically people are there, but that is all. Emotionally there is no connection. This kind of disappearance of a personality and the communication that is no more is especially painful.

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit provide strength and comfort during the times we question where or why. God knows. God sees. If we have faith as small as a mustard seed to believe in the Lord, He will help those who are lost, and provide comfort to all involved. The Lord knows where everyone is at all times. Leaning on God’s eyes to see the physical and emotional whereabouts of someone we love is wise and strengthening. Prayer helps us lean. Even weak prayer counts. God understands human pain. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us so prayer is heard. If all you can say is Jesus, this is all you need to say to activate faith.

The Holy Spirit is a witness in times of uncertainty. When He is present, comfort and counsel are ours. He will uphold those who seek and wonder about loved ones and ask Where are you? While answers may not be clear, the Holy Spirit whispers the gentle assurance that He knows and we are not alone. Sometimes that is the only answer for a time. But knowing God is in the center of a matter is enough to put a heart at ease when nothing else will. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). With faith, prayer, and the belief that God loves those we love more than we ever could, we can trust God to be the Guardian of all those we hold dear; when we know where they are, and when we do not.

Lord, there are times when we are undone by the absence of loved ones, as we have witnessed in Asia. There are also times when someone is right near us but emotionally a continent away. Lord, You know and see everything. Holy Spirit, touch and guide those who cry out for answers. Awaken faith, however small, to believe the answers will come, and to be prepared by You for whatever the answers reveal. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for being our witness in every situation in life. This is asked in Jesus’ Name, and for His precious sake, Amen.