Often, I have the overwhelming feeling of loneliness. If feel it, I decide to get in my car and drive far away so no one will notice or care that I’m gone. I felt lonely when I was living alone, and while living with a house full of people. I feel lonely when in and out of worship and fellowship with other believers. There are many instances in scripture where God assures that He will not leave His children.
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave or forsake you. (Joshua 1:5 ESV)
…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age. (Matthew 28:20)
Keep your lives fee from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The last verse is my favorite verse. Lately, I’ve had to repeat it often to remind myself that God is always with me. To me, God is everything. So, why do I long for more? I start to ask, “What does God want me to do with this free time?” “What am I doing that is keeping me from feeling God’s presence in my life?” The answer is that I focusing too much on myself and not enough on Him. I’m not making the appropriate amount of time for Him. So He has made it for me. I have to get back to worshipping and fellowshipping and reading the word on a daily basis. Turn the focus from myself onto others; give a call to an old friend or seek out volunteer opportunities in my community. Do what I love; write more and share it with others. There’s a weekly writing workshop being held at my neighborhood library that I’ve always wanted to attend. There are so many opportunities around for me to feel the presence of God through Him directly and through the wonderful people and things that He’s filled the earth with. If I am in relationship with our awesome God, there is no need to ever allow the spirit of loneliness to overtake me!
Well, EmpowerMoments readers, there is no end to my story yet, but there is hope. Stay tuned to find out how everything turns out.
Thank You for always being by my side and giving me strength to get through each day. I praise You for vowing to never leave me! Thank You for bringing me to a place where I realize I need You more than ever and at the same time relationships with others are just as important. The Word gives me hope for the future and my well being. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to faithfully press forward through the lonely times. Don’t be afraid to let the tears fall as you cry out to the Lord as David when he had to flee his city. Spend time with someone or participate in an activity that brings you joy. Jesus spent time alone to be with the Father, but He also made time for His disciples and for His friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Please know that no matter what the situation is you are never alone!
P.S. I was writing this as the news unfolded on the devastating tornado in Oklahoma. Perhaps, I will never know true loneliness and despair until my life is uprooted from the daily hum drum that I easily become bored or discontented with. But why wait until something ‘bad’ happens? As stated earlier, God want us to be content with the plans He has for us. While we hope for the best, things can certainly get worse. I can’t imagine searching through rubble for a loved one, especially a child. Events and tragedies go on around us every day that should humble us all. My heart and prayers goes out to those affected by the tornadoes this past week.
How do you overcome your feeling of loneliness? Share your tactics below.
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Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer. She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)