Today's reading was Isaiah 50 since chapters 48 and 49 are in the Book of Mormon, specifically 1 Nephi. Isaiah speaks as the Savior in this chapter. It always strikes me as odd that people would think the Lord has abandoned them. The chapter starts by asking where is the bill of thy mother's divorcement, a phrase which the Savior uses to let people know that He has not abandoned them. I can certainly understand that times can be rough and it can feel like we are all alone carrying the burden we face, but the fact is, He is right there beside us.
One of my favorite poems is "Footprints in the Sand" which illustrates this point beautifully. The times that the man in the poem had the hardest time with are when the Savior carried him, He took all the burden onto Himself. The Savior is always right there holding out His hand waiting to help us. It is us who abandons Him, not the other way around. He is always there waiting to help us, we just need to swallow our pride and ask Him for help. He will NEVER abandon us. Until tomorrow.