Never walk alone
We live in a world that is highly connected. If you want to get or stay in touch with someone, there are many options to find them, regardless of how far away from you they might be. Incredible advances in technology have made this instant communication possible and easily accessible: Facebook, Skype, Google, GPS tracking, texting and emails. Even something as “old,” in terms of modern advances, as a simple phone call. There are few places one can go where you cannot be reached or found anymore (and, yes, there are two sides to that reality, especially if you are trying to “get away from it all.”)
What is amazing considering this reality is that loneliness is an ongoing challenge for many people in this hectic world. There are times when you can feel isolated, computerized or as though you are just a social security number that is lost in a large crowd of people. To deal with those thoughts, some will attempt to fill their lives with a whirlwind list of activities or with lots of “stuff” that they hope will make them happy. We can bury our head in our computers, social networking, and iPads in the hope of pushing away things that we don’t want to deal with.
But when the music dies down, we may experience a wave of loneliness sweeping over us. The questions begin flowing. Does anyone care? Will anyone reach out to me? If I were to die, would anyone notice? Would it make a difference?
Loneliness is as old as the writer of Psalm 102:7 who cried out, “I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on the roof.”
Tormented by those who wanted him dead, physically reduced to skin and bones, he felt desperately alone and even rejected by God. Can intense loneliness such as this be lifted?
Loneliness affected Jesus, the Son of God, who was born in a barn or cave, rejected by his hometown, deserted by his disciples when he needed them most, and even forsaken by God on the cross when he cried, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Yet, it was by his loneliness Jesus made certain that we would always belong to him and that nothing could ever separate us from his love. He shouldered our brokenness and defeated our greatest loneliness-producers, Satan, death, and hell, on the cross. Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus promised that he would be with us always. God brings his children together in his Word. He intentionally puts us in communities of people with shared interests and hopes. Best of all, our Lord calls us his own through faith in Jesus. 1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
You and I never truly walk alone in life. The loneliness we face from time to time is lifted in the unconditional love of Jesus for us.