I wasn’t expecting to hear she was feeling alone.
I mean, from the outside, she appeared to have life by the tail. A smile always on her face. An active lifestyle. A fun social life. Surrounded by friends and family.
However, her words contradicted my outside-looking-in view. My heart ached for her as she shared just how lonely she was. Little did she know she was opening up to another who had much experience in feeling alone.
We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Feeling alone, lonely, or by ourselves… when we don’t want to be? Maybe you understand too. Maybe you’re there right now.
Your nest is becoming emptier.
Your spouse is physically present, but absent in the ways you long for.
You can’t remember the last time you spent time with friends.
Maybe you live alone, you spend your time alone, and you’d appreciate some company.
Or, it’s quite possible people are all around you, yet loneliness lingers within you.
There are all sorts of reasons we may feel alone.
And even those who appear to have none, might just be feeling alone too.
Friend, may I remind you of an important, encouraging truth?
Despite how it may look or how you may feel, you are not alone. Not ever.
Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age. Matthew 28:20b CEB
Jesus is with you and me, always.
And, one more…
Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6 TLB
Those are some powerfully encouraging, truth-filled words, aren’t they? They are ones to write on our bathroom mirrors, or paste in our cars, or keep at our desks at work.
As I listened to this dear woman in front of me that afternoon, I reminded her of these truths. Some days I need to remind myself.
The rattle of the world tells me I’m alone. But, when I intentionally draw away from the world and spend time with the One who is always with me, any trace of loneliness disappears.
Friend, I wish we could sit across the table from each other today and share our stories. Share our hearts. And encourage one another in this truth.
You and I are never alone.
And even though I may not live near you, I am with you in spirit. I pray for you, and desire daily for you to experience God’s presence in your life. I’m praying that for us all again today.
Now it’s your turn. Can you share a time when you felt alone, but God reminded you that He was with you? Or what reminds you that you’re not alone in this world? I’d love to read a snippet of your story.
I’m with you friend. God bless you today.