The feeling of abandonment can be very lonely and isolating. It can seem like you’re stuck in your own little bubble. Some people experience abandonment after their parents get divorced. They may feel as though their parent(s) no longer cares about them. It’s only reasonable to expect parents to care about their children, but sadly, that’s not always the case. Psalm 27:10 says, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” Friends can sometimes leave us feeling abandoned and left out as well. Not everybody who comes into our lives will be there to stay. You should never put all of your hope in one person. You’ll only end up heart-broken and disappointed. There will always be someone who does something that’s going to let you down. Even though people may walk out of our lives, we know that God never will. Matthew 28:20 says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Genesis 16 tells us the story of Hagar. She was the maidservant to a woman named Sarah. Sarah was unable to have children of her own, so she allowed Hagar to become her husband’s concubine. However, once Hagar became pregnant, Sarah began to mistreat her. Hagar felt abandoned and ran away. Hagar didn’t think her plan through very clearly; she was pregnant and all alone in a foreign land, with no way to support herself. An angel found Hagar in the desert and told her that God sees her.
We don’t have to run away because God sees us too and He cares. No matter how abandoned and alone we may feel, God promised He would never leave us.(Heb. 13:5) We don’t have to let feelings of abandonment cause anger and bitterness to brew inside of us. We can choose to live in freedom instead. -xoxo
In December, Misty Copeland was named one of Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of 2015. There’s no doubt that she deserved it, she became American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American principal dancer. Misty is only ABT’s third African-American soloist, the first in twenty years.
The first time I’d ever heard of Misty Copeland, she was on the Arsenio Hall Show. After seeing her perform, I was captivated. Misty’s story of her rise to stardom despite adversity is very inspiring. Misty Copeland is not your average prima ballerina. She didn’t start dancing until she was thirteen years old. Most dancers would say she was already at least ten years behind. The odds were stacked against her. Misty has been told that she has the wrong body for ballet. At 5’2″ she is considered to be too short. She has been told that her legs are too muscular, and her chest, too large. Misty did not let these discouraging words become a stumbling block for her. Instead, they became a stepping stone. Misty Copeland is a prodigy.
Misty was introduced to ballet at the Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro by Cynthia Bradley, who taught a free class once a week. Soon, she began taking classes at the San Pedro Dance Center. By the time she was fourteen, Misty had won her first solo role and the national ballet contest. She mastered dancing en pointe in just three months as opposed to three years. In 1998, she won first place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. She then studied at the San Francisco Ballet for a six week workshop under a full scholarship. Misty became a member of ABT’s Studio Company in 2000, and a member of the corps de ballet a year later in 2001. By 2007, she was a soloist.
Misty is a perfect example of courage and determination. She was raised by a single mother, living in a motel with five siblings. She was an African-American studying an European art form. She was told she would never make it. She dared to dream and then she beat the odds.