"…so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we are slaves, our God has not deserted us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness…" - Ezra 9:8-9
What an amazing understanding of who God is. Even in the lowest of lows, God is still there. God is still a good God.
What's more amazing is the fact that Ezra even acknowledges that the reason they are slaves, the reason they are in bondage is because of their own disobedience, their own sins. So they were receiving the correction they deserved, and yet, God was still kind.
It may seem "Pollyanna"-ish, to always seeing the bright side of life, but Scripture has shown time and again that God has not deserted us. He still loves us, even when it may seem like he's far off. Moses told the nation of Israel that "God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." (Deut. 31:6). And as Christians, Jesus promised to be "with us always, to the very end of the age." (Matt. 28:20)
So I will stand on God's Word, on his promises, instead of my feelings. I will not rely on my limited vision and understanding of myself or the world around me. I choose to believe what Jesus has already said, He will be with me always.
Jesus, forgive me for times I have doubted your presence in my life. Help me to see you with me in every circumstance and situation.