We’ve all experienced the forlorn feeling of being alone in our sorrow—and found out later that God was nearer than we ever suspected. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Psalm:22:1) cried David in one breath, and with the next, “I will fear no evil: for thou art with me...” (Psalm:23:4). The anguish was real. No one could have convinced David otherwise at the moment, but when the pain was over and the healing had come, he would have been the first to testify that God had been there all the time.
—Ruth Hunt in A Very Present Help