“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~Matthew 8:20 (NLT)
I consider myself to me a friendly, outgoing person. If I feel a close bond to or am comfortable with someone, I can talk his or her ear off. I am blessed to have an amazing adult son and supportive family and friends. I spend 40 hours a week with incredible co-workers who encourage and inspire me and keep me laughing on the bad days.
So then, why is it that I feel so lonely lately? It’s 4am as I’m writing this blog. I’m on prescription steroids for an allergic reaction so sleep eludes me. Wide-awake with racing thoughts in the middle of the night only amplifies the solitude.
I come home from work each day and because my son, Eric, works from home, he is usually here when I arrive. In fact, it is very rare that I am actually physically alone, yet, lately, even when surrounded by a crowd of people, that feeling of loneliness has been creeping in.
The Bible is filled with verses reminding us that we are never really alone. God has told us that He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV) and that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39 NIV) The very presence of God resides in His children in the person of the Holy Spirit. (1 John 4:13 NLT)
There is no reason that any child of God should feel lonely, yet, as human beings, we do. Whether married, divorced, single or widowed we have all experienced loneliness at some point in our lives. I believe that it is in those times that the enemy, Satan, distracts us into forgetting Who we belong to and how very much He loves us. Because, you see, if we truly remembered that we would never be lonely.
There are over fifty antonyms for the word “loneliness” in the thesaurus dictionary but the most important one seems to be missing…Jesus.
The best remedy for loneliness is a close, personal relationship with our Creator. He knows your heart and you can talk to Him anytime. He will listen, speak to your heart and lovingly remind you that you are never alone…even at 4am.