This morning, the sin of omission weighs heavily. I recall so many instances in my life when I've suffered pain in relationships because someone else failed to respond, failed to acknowledge, failed to express any desire to know or appreciate me at all. Reaching out to only be ignored is exceedingly painful.
It makes me wonder, Why exalt yourself higher and higher? Do you find friends up there? Truly? Are you in better company to isolate yourself?
It is a funny thing, this pain of nothingness. This pain of absence. But it is potent.
I'm so thankful that I have a Father to turn to, to say, "God, this hurts," and can know that I find myself wrapped up in His comforting arms.
God doesn't neglect us. He doesn't fail us. He acknowledges us and says, "I chose you. You are interesting, you are beautiful, you are perfectly, exactly what I want."
The truth is, people do not complete us. They may offer some form of satisfaction, however temporary and delicate that may be, but it is never enough.
And then we ask, Where is the justice? Why do people get to do these things? But the justice is on the cross.
Which reminds me that I have surely done the exact same things to people in the past. Perhaps I am doing them now.
I encourage you to look around in your life and seek out those you might be neglecting. Are you spending your time making yourself more enviable to them? Or are you just not paying any attention? Or are you investing your time in being a sincere, loving, encouragement?