I was 33 years old when I began attending the University of Arizona. Older than most. Married with 2 children. Not your typical University student.
I can honestly say in all my years, this was the loneliest place I had ever been. Surrounded by hundreds of people but not fitting in. Listening to snippets of conversation but never talking. Understanding the reasons I wasn’t ‘included’ but still feeling left out.
Have you ever been in that place? Does it ring a bell?
Now, I’m not talking about being alone. Sometimes I just really love to be by myself. But did you realize you can feel lonely even if you’re around people you know? Even if you’re laughing, talking, having a good time? You can be lonely when all the world around you think you have it all together. It’s an internal emotion ~ a feeling and can be one of the most terrifying, oppressive feelings you can have.
Here’s the point I am getting to – if you start to feel all of these ‘yucky’ feelings. If the ‘inside’ of you begins to feel lonely, depressed, oppressed, or terrified just remember ~ if you are a child of God, you really are never alone.
Paul said it best: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10.
I know…sometimes you just want some ‘skin’ on Jesus. You would really like to see Him with your eyes. You just want to be able to reach out and touch Him. How do I know this? Because I have felt the same way.
Well right now, His skin is the Bible. If negative emotions begin to creep into your life, get in His word. Let Jesus comfort you in that way. Listen to what He has to say. Surround yourself with people who believe they way you do. Find at lease one person you can trust to tell what you’re feeling, what you’re going through. Don’t let your emotions, your feelings keep you isolated.
And if you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, ask Him into your heart. Ask Him to forgive your sins and dwell in you and keep you. He will replace the ‘lonely’ feeling with His love and peace. There is nothing in this world better than that!
One of my favorite verses is found in Joshua 1:9 and I think it fits rather well in this little piece.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
He is with us no matter what. He loves us. He gives us comfort and peace. He takes the loneliness away ~ if we let Him.
Relief for loneliness is spelled ~ JESUS!
Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP) 17 Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You–
Acts 1:8 (NIV) 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…
Have you ever been at work and your electricity shuts off? What about at home when you’re cleaning, cooking – has it happened there. It has to me. Power would blink on and off…or stay on for a short time before going out again. You can’t get anything accomplished because you don’t know when or if the electricity is going to be restored. You need electricity to run office machines, computers, household items – just about everything.
God’s power is not like that! It never shorts out…it never cuts off…it is always running through the circuits. Jeremiah talks of the power that was used to create our universe and how nothing is too hard for our God. And then in Acts 1:8; Jesus Himself, tells the disciples that this same power will be sent down to us in the person of the Holy Spirit.
If we believe this then…why do we doubt…why do we fear…why do we want to ‘throw in the towel’ when the road gets rough. As sons and daughters of the living God…as brothers and sisters of Christ, this power is also available to us. There is nothing we can’t accomplish. The victory is already ours through the power of our Father in Heaven.
My prayer is that I never forget that as God’s child I have available to me His power…that with that power I become more and more bold for my Savior…that any doubts or fears I have become less and less with the power of the Holy Spirit in me. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.
Exodus 15:2 (NIV) 2 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
This week I started training for my first 5K run on October 17th. That’s 3.1 miles…3.1 miles! (Anyone that knows me and is reading this is going, ‘what is she…nuts!’ ‘She’s not in shape, she’s not strong enough.’ ‘She’ll pass out from lack of oxygen within the first 15 minutes’.) Well right now, at this moment they’re correct – I’m not in shape. But I found this program and if I follow the instructions and do what it tells me to do, I will at the end of almost 3 months be able to run 3.1 miles in about 60 minutes. (My goal is to do it in about 45 minutes.)
In our spiritual life, who is our strength? In one word…Jesus! How do we gain in His strength, how do we get into the shape He desires us to be in? By following His commands, by living our lives the way He desires us to. He has the program all written out for us. We have the examples of many men and women in the Bible of what to do and what not to do. It isn’t hard to figure out all…all we have to do is read His instructions – the Bible. And if we obey His word, we will become stronger and stronger in Christ until we get to our ultimate goal. Christ in us until there is nothing left of ourselves. Then all we will see in the mirror is a reflection of Him!
My prayer is that each day I become stronger in the Lord…that I never forget exactly where my strength comes from…that my life is a testimony of the joy and peace found in the strength of the Lord. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.