"I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread." Psalms 37:25 KJV
It takes time to see the scope of God's care.
There are many people we know and perhaps we are not deeply involved in their lives but over time we find ourselves running into them again and again sometimes it is a a span of years before the next encounter. That is how it is with some relationships. Life rarely goes as planned. Maybe you get a season or more than one to really know a person and form a relationship. Once formed the relationship is forever but time is like a river... It keeps on flowing and bringing us to different ports of call.
The thing that shocks me when I suddenly see a person after years and years and realize God has been with them all along and cared for them. It should not shock me I know... but it does. Maybe because our perception revolves around us and our five little senses. We live our lives in a ten foot radius. Everything outside of that is theoretical. Things and people that pass out of reach may never return... we don't know. It's good if we don't take for granted the seasons we have. They will end and another will begin soon enough.
"As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25 KJV
News from a far away place and good news that blankets a span of missing years is so welcome. It is a witness to us of God's faithfulness. God's work is so large and vast. It is sure and lasting.
Grace means so much. To understand it and embrace it.
"The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew. My son, let them not depart from your eyes - Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught." Proverbs 3:19-26 NKJV
Today I'll be praying for some friends who are far away. Some are far by distance and others are far by years.
I am confident that God will keep their feet from being caught and will hold them close to Himself.