Have you ever heard the saying "God helps those who help themselves"? I'm frequently afraid of talking to people because I never really know the effect the things I say will have on them. Often people respond in ways that confuse me.
God doesn't abandon anyone. He can't; he's ingrained in everything. Don't take that to mean that everything functions according to God's will; it doesn't. God gave us free will, which takes a lifetime to comprehend fully.
Our, as humans, free will is God's sacrifice to his creation. This is the reason why life requires challenges. Why did he create life this way? Ask a surfer. And if you're not anywhere near a beach, ask a mountain climber. And if you can't find any of the aforementioned try to imagine how someone who embarks on these undertakings might respond.
Since you're in a remote locale but seem to have information access I recommend reading Conversations with God and/or The Shack. Both give good perspectives on God, especially when God is hard to understand.
God is hard to understand, but profoundly simple. It's a paradox. He likes being a little mysterious sometimes. He has a sense of humor, and both reflects and inspires what humanity creates. You'll know it's him when his method of communication can't be created by human will, subterfuge, or what's generally referred to as "smoke and mirrors." Yes, kind of like the Wizard of Oz, but actually more *similar to* the image on the curtain than the kindly man who can snap his fingers and procure a hot air balloon. However, what God can procure negates such immediate material needs.
The book The Shack tries to address how tragedy can occur in a world where God is present. It does a pretty good job. It's a little lumpy in places, but it's extremely difficult to speak for God, especially without committing heresy. The answer to that lies in the ways which we choose to exercise our free will. Sometimes people abuse the privilege, which is why humans say "life isn't fair." Because we make it that way, sometimes passively. Nothing explains why things like that happen. Nothing. But don't let it negate your belief in God, he does demand faith, he has much to be responsible for and it's just not possible to please everyone all the time, especially when we refuse to examine our own expectations, over which we have the most control.