Matthew 27:46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
I remember a long afternoon in graduate school; not cramming for an upcoming exam or finishing an important paper as a deadline loomed, but suddenly aware that the only reason I was working on a Master’s degree in Physics was that studying was the only thing I had done. God and I had a long chat: God listened while I complained for most of that afternoon. “This isn’t fair! Give me some guidance!”
Jesus’ words from the cross resonate with us for nearly everyone can point to a time when we have felt alone or forgotten.
But stay with God. Psalm 22, of which Jesus recalls these opening words, enumerates many ways of being forgotten, then asks for deliverance, recalls past successes, and looks forward to future celebrations.
My long afternoon did not end with a complaint, but with hope and courage for a new adventure. An adventure that continues to unfold before me.