There are times when I feel orphaned by God; thrown away and never to be found. These past five years have been hard. I lost my mom, my best friend. Her death has put me in a spiral that at times, feel as though it will never unwind. Hopelessness, depression, weight gain, loneliness, marital woes, and directionless are just a few of the words that describe my life. However, this morning, the scripture (Psalm 27:1) reminds me that the Lord is my light and my salvation. He is my strength. When I feel hopeless, depressed, lonely, and have no direction in my life, I can go to God. He is always there to give me hope, lift me up, hold my hand, and guide me on the right path. His word (Psalm 27:9) says that he will not leave me or forsake me. He is my salvation. This tells me that I can go to God with all my pain, troubles, and burdens. He is there ready to listen and act on my behalf. I have to be willing to go to him, something that I will admit I have not been doing, because I felt he didn’t love me. If he loved me then why would he allow me to go through this turmoil? Everyday, I gain a greater understanding that my way is not God’s way. My timing is not God’s timing. I have to be faithful to God’s word. Psalm 27:14 states Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.