I was chatting with someone recently and she shared with me how alone she felt given some stressful circumstances she recently encountered. The word alone really struck my heart. I’m a person who appreciates alone time however there is a real difference between alone time and feeling lonely or alone.
I’ve gone through a whirlwind of change in the last 6 years. I was thinking about it today. Personally, and professionally my life looks nothing like it did 6 years ago. In my opinion and in having gone through a complete metamorphosis during this time period, I felt like 6 years was a tight timeframe to incur all the changes that have just swept through my life. Some by my own decision and some thrusted upon me. I sat in gratitude to God just knowing that He had His hand in guiding these changes and lovingly making sure everything has and continues to turn out for my own good. Through the process, He imparted on me wisdom, compassion, endurance and fortitude. There’s no way I could have traveled this road without Him. Hearing my friend use the word alone, completely hit home for me and landed in my heart. Through these past 6 years, there were many times I felt completely alone. Chatting with my new friend, and hearing her say how alone she felt, I completely understood. My immediate thought for her was to encourage her to turn to God and ask for help. It made me think that no one understands loneliness better than Jesus.
Let’s take a moment and look at some everyday situations that occur in our life which can make us feel alone.
Family “cutting us off” because they don’t fully understand changes we are making to better ourselves. In my friends case, her mother boldly told her not to visit because she didn’t appreciate and understand my friends new way of thinking. Friendships fall apart without communication. Marriages come to an end. Kids are bullied and feel very alone. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of someone intentionally being hurtful by pulling away from us with no explanation as to why. This happens. It’s happened to me. There have been many circumstances (valleys) in my life where I have felt alone.
So what does Jesus know about feeling alone?
Matthew 27:46 “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Jesus felt that His Father had forsaken Him when He was on the cross. My friend feels “forsaken” by her mother.
Through His ministry, Jesus was at such a higher spiritual level than those around Him. Just like some of us who are growing and changing at lightening speed because we want more joy or more peace or to be a better parent or spouse. Jesus understands going through consequence and sacrifice when you believe in something so strongly and believe in something with all your heart.
The disciples who were family to Jesus. They abandoned Him. His closest confidents abandoned Him. Just like that friend who has turned their back on you.
And of course, no other moment than when He died for us sinners….a sinless man sacrificing His blood for us.
Pray, read and meditate on God’s word.
I hope this helps. Xo
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
If thoughts of loneliness consume you, please reach out to your local church for support and guidance. Always reach out.